Mrs Pat Corrin, OBE

We are all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Pat Corrin, OBE.

Many tributes will be paid to her life of service. She played a prominent role for many years in the charitable and cultural life of the Isle of Man. Her contribution to education was particularly significant, and it was in this sphere that I knew her best. In the days when the Board of Education was publicly elected, the voters returned Mrs Corrin time after time with a huge majority, such was their respect for her work on behalf of them and their children.

Mrs Corrin served on several school governing bodies, and was Chairman of Governors at Ballakermeen for many years, guiding both my predecessor, Mr Masterton, and me in my early years of headship.

Mrs Corrin was a formidable Chairman of Governors, gracious, quiet and calm, and with a great eye for detail. She brought an unmatched dignity and authority to the role and was fearless in her decision-making, seeking only the best for the school and its young people. She gave unstintingly of her time, not only to meetings of the governing body, but also to a huge number of public events. Mrs Corrin was authoritative and wise, kind and courteous.

Many hundreds of young people benefitted from Mrs Corrin’s private lessons in Speech and Drama, but her influence on the lives of thousands as Chairman of Governors was even more significant – and continues to this day, guiding my actions as Head Teacher. Pat Corrin taught me to pay attention to everything, to be able to justify every action, to see things from a different perspective, and always, always to do the right thing, even if it wasn’t the easy option. She provided a wonderful model for emulation.

Mrs Corrin’s values and principles live on in the ethos of Ballakermeen, and much of the success it now enjoys is a result of her work in its early days. I know that I am a better person because it was my great fortune to have had the privilege of working with Pat.

Our thoughts go out to Mr Corrin, also a stalwart supporter of the school, despite his many public duties, and their daughter Jane. We share a small part of their loss.

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