Tributes Pour in for Greenford High School Teacher

Dr Douval Thompson-Davis died after contracting Covid-19

Dr Douval Thompson-Davis
Dr Douval Thompson-Davis


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A teacher at Greenford High School has received a host of tributes after his death aged 59 from coronavirus.

He had worked as a science teacher at the school for 12 years and the headteacher described him as ‘superb’ and ‘a kind, generous, endlessly positive person’.

Dr Douval Thompson-Davis was in hospital having a muscle tear in his arm treated when he tested positive for the disease.

He had kidney problems and it was known he was in a high risk category. He died on 4 May, a month after being admitted to hospital.

His cousin, Ade Daramy, told ITV News, “The family were not allowed in to see him but the hospital staff put the phone to his ear and they sang songs to him and reminisced with him” .

The school is co-ordinating the collection of sympathy cards which can be posted to the school and marked for the attention of ‘The Family of Mr Thompson-Davis’. They have also set up a ‘virtual book of condolence’ where students and parents will be able to post messages that they wish to share about their memories of Mr Thompson-Davis.

Headteacher Mia Pye said, “Mr Thompson-Davis was a much loved member of the Greenford High School community; a superb teacher and a kind, generous, endlessly positive person.

“He had an unwavering belief in the ability of all students to succeed and was known by his colleagues as a deeply committed teacher, always available to support any student, at any time, who arrived at his classroom door.

“Mr Thompson-Davis touched the lives of many students and staff during his 12 years at the school and will be immensely missed by us all.”

A GoFundMe appeal set up by a former Greenford student, Ruth Ladani, raised almost £8,000 in just two days with over 400 people donating, demonstrating the affection in which Mr Thompson-Davis was held.

The school plan to commemorate Mr Thompson-Davis’ life in a variety of ways when they finally reopen. School students affected by the news have been invited to contact their form tutor, Head of Year or another member of staff for support.

Dr Thompson-Davis is survived by his wife Sharon and twin daughters Miah and Savannah, aged 22.

May 13, 2020

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