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Tony (and sand shark!) 1961

Tony 2007


When did you attend Priory

1953 to 62 (  as far as I can remember )  plus a year  on the staff during Henry Fowler’s absence  due to illness. Pat Bourke hired me as a sort of assistant  to stand between him and and anything that looked  like work. He was a wonderful example to me.


Patrick Bourke


How did you locate the Priory website?

My daughter, Stephanie, brought it to my attention

Stephanie Tame


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mrs. Earle (French), because if you sat further back than about the third row then  the class could be  treated as an extension of the recess period. Most of the cadre of Priory teachers of my time were like this to some extent but to get the “Earle Effect” you usually had to sit a bit further back in their classrooms. 

Mrs. Earle


Who were your best friends at Priory?

Johnny McNaught  -  fishing partner. Charles (Big Boy) Rearrie, Also known as Tony Rearrie who shared an interest in bird shooting with me and was the only person I knew who had access to his father’s shotgun – at least he knew where the gun cupboard key was kept.



Who are you in touch with today?

Joy Vance and Alice Purnell thanks to the Priory Website,  John McFarlane at Walker’s Wood thanks to a love of  his fine pepper products.

Alice Purnell

Joy Vance

Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce from Walkerswood


Who would you like to track down?

Sandra Jackson. Arthur Sharpe

Arthur Sharpe and the St. Kitts cabinet


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Small things. Chaining a teacher’s car to a tree on the last day of term, causing a calculated explosion in Mr. Needham’s science class. Balancing cups of water of water over teacher’s entrance doors. Minor stuff like that.  I was long gone before someone did something  really dramatic like burning down the place.



What memories/views do you have of Priory?

A school light years ahead of it’s time during my stay there. Henry Fowler brought an atmosphere of  humanity to the Jamaican school system that existed only at  Priory in the 40’ 50’s and 60’s. The old English tradition of beating and uniforming children into submission had no place there.  I really have not enough knowledge of the institution as it exists today to speak of the current situation.



Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Dave Andrews who tried to start a one man mafia.  Arthur Sharpe who behaved like a caged King Kong and had the size to back it up.



Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

In Norbrook, St Andrew, Jamaica.  I do as little as possible having made it my goal to retire immediately after leaving Priory. I don’t want you to think that I don’t do anything. I catch the odd fish and take a holiday now and then. To pay the bills I sell marine engines and the parts for them. (Bombardier E-Tech brand) To be absolutely honest my wife, Jennifer, does most of the work and sometimes I notice she looks a little tired but she always seems much brighter after I take a little nap. 

To quote one of the Marks Brothers ; “ Me and hard work are the best of friends. I can lie down right beside it and go to sleep.”  You see how much I owe to Pat  Bourke. (see above)




Tell us about any significant others

I married my present wife Jennifer in October 1970 and we have two children, Stephanie, who is a lecturer in  the department of Linguistics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Sean who is the Prime Minister of Lyme Cay.


Tony and Jennifer

Stephanie and Sean


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

I had a business relationship with Bryan Langford for  ten years before I discovered that he went to Priory

Bryan Langford


What do you think of the Priory Website?

I think it is a wonderful effort by Stephen and any others who assist him. It is obviously a labour of love for which I suppose his reward will be in heaven.




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