Belvedere’s great loss

March 22, 2011 in General, News

Belvedere’s Gerry Haugh, an extraordinary educator, died unexpectedly on 19 March. Headmaster Gerard Foley said his sudden death “shocked and saddened literally thousands who were inspired by his care and attention as well as his insistence that excellence should be their standard in all things.” As an English teacher he introduced students to the world through literature and poetry as well as their own creative writing. As a producer, he celebrated his 100th production on Sunday 13th March. Mr. Gerald Dickens, the great, great, grandson of Charles Dickens attended “The Pickwick Papers”, which was to be Gerry’s final production. “He is deeply mourned by all of us, staff, students, past and present and the parent body. We will miss his ever positive and dynamic presence.” A book of condolences may be found here.

Such was the impact of Gerry’s death that it was trending on Twitter on Monday 21st March. Hundreds paid tribute to him on the Book of Condolence on Belvedere College SJ website and on Twitter with comments such as  “What did I get from him? Many tangible things, a love of theatre, cinema, and stagecraft; the fun of long days hill-walking in Wickow, and hostelling in Ballinskelligs; my first trips to London and Stratford to see plays; lots of great books, and great poetry!”

Every year Gerry  organised the  “Block Pull” for the Guide Dogs for the Blind and Temple Street Hospital as well as many trips and residentials for students over the years. He was truly a Man for Others, generous and passionate in his belief that Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.

May he rest in Peace