Former Paignton headmaster Ken Slater dies aged 83
FORMER Hayes Road Primary School, Paignton, head teacher Ken Slater has died, aged 83.
Mr Slater died at the Cornerways Care Home, Paignton, on January 3, just weeks after his wife Maureen, who died on November 30.
Mr Slater (pictured) was born in Penzance and after his national service as a sergeant in the Devon and Dorset Regiment settled in Devon to follow his love of teaching, specialising in mathematics, music and geography.
His career blossomed as he was promoted to headmaster and took up the position at South Zeal Primary School on Dartmoor, where he is still remembered fondly by locals.
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In the mid-1960s he became head of Hayes Road Primary School until his early retirement in 1979.
At Hayes Road he continued his love for music by putting on many school productions and involving the school in local musical festivals.
Friends and family said he will be always remembered for playing the piano to accompany the morning assembly.
Mr Slater became a very popular figure and was a keen member of Paignton Operatic Society, appearing in many shows at The Festival Theatre.
He also appeared with the TOADS in Torquay as well as singing with the Old Peculiars at both the Paignton Club and Brixham Yacht Club.
Mr Slater, who had always been interested in sailing, became a member of the Brixham Yacht Club, where he also acted as a race official.
He is survived by his three children Ian, Alec and Alison and their families.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at T&I Stockman Service Chapel, 19 Holwell Road, Brixham, on Saturday at 2pm.