The Notre Dame community were extremely saddened to learn about the passing of a well-loved member of staff over the Easter holidays. Arnie Appleyard, a Technician in the Design Technology department for the last 17 years, died in hospital on the 4th April, aged 79.
Arnie has helped hundreds of students with their Design Technology projects throughout the years, as well as making a huge contribution to the life of the College as a whole. A keen musician, everyone appreciated his talents when he performed in assemblies and at other events; many will fondly remember his version of ‘There’s a Hole in my Bucket’ which he performed on the mandolin.
A memorial service for Arnie, led by Principal Terry Coen, was held in the College chapel on the 20th April. It was attended by a very large number of staff and students, as well as his wife Sue and his son Sam, who delivered a reading of ‘Sweet River Aire’ by John Gunning, reflecting Arnie’s pride in his home city. Arnie’s daughter Emma and son Andrew were also in attendance.
Ian Granger, Head of the Design Technology department, provided a moving eulogy describing the way in which Arnie always had a kind word for everyone and was incredibly humble, refusing to accept any form of recognition for his skills and talents. He also recalled how Arnie held extremely high standards, only ever awarding one student 10 out of 10 for their work! The service was concluded with a hymn, after which many attendees reflected quietly and paid their own personal tributes.
Thank you Arnie for your service, friendship and dedication to Notre Dame and its community of staff and students; you will be greatly missed.
May he rest in peace.