OBITUARY The Holly Leaf (March 55)

Miss Lily Silk who died on March 24th. 1954 was a pupil and member of staff at the Sheffield Pupil Teacher Centre from 1902 to 1953.


We feel that we can offer no more fitting tribute to our Senior Mistress than that paid by Mr. Davies at her funeral service:

With great sorrow, great humility, and great pride we mourn the passing of Miss Lily Silk.

With great sorrow because we have lost from our midst a friend or a teacher whose utter selflessness, sincerity and unflinching, unhesitating support we shall sorely miss. With great humility both at the sudden act of God that took her from us, an act that in its suddenness was both awful and merciful, and at the nobleness of her character and her indomitable will. With great pride that we have known, lived and worked with such a woman and been able to count her as our friend.

Her life of service was devoted to the cause of Education, service not to showy ancillaries, but genuine, devoted, industrious service to the very heart of true education. Her association with the City Grammar School or with the various schools that have occupied its buildings extended over half a century, and for the past seventeen years she was an incomparably devoted and efficient Senior Mistress of the school.

A gifted teacher, of fin intellect, with a consuming interest in her work completely conscientious and intolerant of slackness in any form, but endowed with a humanity of astonishing breadth, and with an exceptionally generous nature, she gave to her school a lifetime of service that could scarcely be surpassed, and that will be remembered with gratitude by generations of pupils, often their children and sometimes even their children's children, by a host of colleagues, and by several Head Masters.

With a passionate love for all forms of French studies, she gave years of invaluable service as Secretary of the University French Society and to the end remained a Vice-President.

But her dominating interest was the City Grammar School, and though in recent years her mobility was diminished, her energy remained unabated and her intellect undimmed, and with indomitable will-power and unflagging zeal she devoted herself unceasingly and unsparingly to its service.

Her passing leaves a gap at the school, and it the hearts of those who had the proud, privilege of numbering her among their friends, that will be exceedingly difficult to fill.