In July 2002 Adrian Appley met with Mr Mayo at his home in Redhill and recorded a 45 minute interview with him. Mr Mayo was Deputy Headmaster and English master for many years at Cray Valley and this interview contains many of his own memories.
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It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing on 3rd October 2005 of one of Cray Valley's founder teachers and Deputy Headmaster Mr R A (Sam) Mayo. Known to the boys affectionately as 'Reg' he was very much admired by all of his pupils who, almost without exception, had an enormous respect for his placid manner and complete fairness.
Unfortunately this sad news arrived too late to alert old boys to attend. However, CVTHS was represented at Sam’s funeral, which took place at 1.30pm on Friday 14th October in Crawley, by Martin Carr, Lt. Col. P. Turner and Norman Baldwin
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Shortly after we announced Sam's passing many tributes to him came in by email and these are published below in the order that they were received.
The following are a few notes we have just received from the sister of Christopher Hopson who was Mr Mayo's half nephew:
Sam Mayo was born in November 1910 and was raised in Gloucestershire. He had two sisters both of whom have predeceased him.
He graduated from Birmingham University and started his teaching career in London before marrying his young wife Grace in 1940 and being called up in 1941. His service began as a Redcap in Chelsea before a posting to India and subsequent commissioning in the Education Branch. At the end of the war Sam was invalided back to England with TB, had a lung removed and was told that he wouldn't live past 5O. As a result he and Grace decided to remain childless as Sam did not want her to be left to raise children on her own. Sam returned to teaching English and French at Cray Valley Technical High School eventually retiring as a much esteemed and popular deputy headmaster. He continued to mark papers for the exam boards and Pitman's for many years.
Sam was a great gardener and became an expert on dahlias and pelargoniums and grew hundreds for charity, but his major love was cricket and he played and followed the fortunes of Gloucester and England throughout his life.
Grace unexpectedly predeceased Sam in 2002. Since then he has continued to live at home until his recent illness, rereading his extensive library and awaiting eagerly the regular supply of bags full of books brought by his family.
Very sad news about Mr Mayo. Every Tuesday I teach First Aid to the 'kids from hell', boys and girls of 14-15yrs of age who are on the brink of expulsion, (sorry, exclusion!) from their schools. The course they do at Mid Kent College is aimed at motivating them and diverting them to better behaviour in school. Only last Tuesday they got to the point (does anyone else remember Mr Wedlock saying there is no such word as got or get? I think of him every time I use it!!) ok, they 'reached' the point, where they would not settle to learn so I changed tack to Cray Valley Tech and painted the picture of the discipline I enjoyed, yes - enjoyed, and what happened if we erred. I described the one and only time I was slippered by Mr Mayo! I also remember him telling us in assembly that as long as we brushed our teeth we did not have to use toothpaste. Why on earth do I remember that?? I remember him with great respect and affection. Regards to all who remember me.
Very sad to hear about Mr Mayo. A dedicated teacher with unquestionable integrity. He left his slipper marks on my backside during third form - but I didn't make the same mistake again! 93 is a good innings. I hope I make it that long!
Needless to say, I was very sad to hear about the passing of our dear teacher and friend Mr. Mayo. I have many happy memories of him as a very professional teacher and an extremely easy person to interview. He made it such an easy process. I will certainly miss him and I know plenty of other CVTS lads who also will.
I expect that like others I kept promising myself that I must put myself out and visit my old colleague Reg, Like so many things in my life I left it too late. He batted a good innings, kept his bat straight and followed through. I, like all of you, found him always to be a true gentleman and as a young member of his staff, understanding, helpful and generous. God speed Reg.
Reg Mayo was a person whom one respected as a matter of course, someone most of us pupils looked up to. Maybe we did not appreciate it at the time but I, and I am sure many others, owe Reg a lot in making us what we are today. And my English skills and qualifications are entirely due to Reg.
The sad passing of a great man. I will always remember the positive influence he had on my life.
It was with great sadness that I learned, through this site, of the recent death of Reg Mayo. I adored Reg as a teacher and a mentor. He was one of the two men,other than my father,who I've looked up to as a genuine role model and during my 32 years as a teacher I have on many occasions stopped and thought about how Reg would have dealt with any particular classroom situation that I may have found myself in. As usual, the answer was and always will be to be firm but fair and to never forget that kindness and decency will always prevail over brute force and violence. I have used Reg's example throughout my career and can say, although I cannot claim 100% success, that it has been more beneficial to good learning than any thing else. I don't know where you are now Reg but I hope they haven't banned pipe smoking in heaven yet.
Inevitability has finally befallen dear old Reg Mayo. Having been away recently I apologise for being late in offering these tributes and memories. Reg's influences on me extended throughout my '53 to '59 attendance at CVTS and are indelibly printed on my (remaining) neurons. Through this nostalgic website (and praise to all you guys who have had the vision to start and maintain it) I have fortunately been able to write to Reg via snailmail and have a reply (now a collector's item!). I'm not certain from Reg's comments that he actually remembered me as I remembered him -but that could mean I blended in rather than became memorable for some less acceptable reason! Having been in New Zealand for some 30 years I still appreciate the lessons learnt from CVTS days, including English language - has anyone noticed the language of today's youth is different, often resembling continually stubbing one's toes,- but without the pain? Might I quickly add that, despite being in NZ for so long, CVTS also permanently cured me from the affliction of the other 99.9% of the population here, that of rugby, otherwise known locally as 'The Game'. If anyone is interested in this part of the world (or me!) I would be happy to hear from you. Cheers mates. And thank you sincerely for all your input 'Sir' (Reg!)
I was saddened to learn of the passing of dear old Reg Mayo. What a great teacher he was, a man to be admired and whom anyone would wish to emulate. I can still see myself standing before him in awe as he scolded me for some minor misdemeanour, he'd wiggle his tie and spoke clearly, "Now look here Kelly old son, this really won't do...." A great guy, long may he look down and continue to guide us.