In Memoriam, Mr Cary Owens

I regret to announce the passing of Mr Cary Owens, following his long battle with illness. During his 33 years of teaching History at Hawthorn, Cary worked tirelessly to support pupils, staff and families in our community.

As a past pupil myself, I recollect many memories of great wars  lifting off the page, as he marched us through the battle; of his cupboard telephone conversations that used to amuse us during lessons, and his kindness in preparing us for examinations.  He was a true legend!

He held many roles within the school, one of which was the gatekeeper of examinations, where he enabled every pupil to achieve, ensuring that we were ready to succeed.  He laid the foundations of success that many of us have built upon.

I know that he will be sorely missed by all of our Hawthorn community having touched so many lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

C Crockett


The world is a much poorer place with the loss of Cary Owens.

I often talk about Cary at parents’ evenings with former pupils he taught and who are now parents. When they speak of him the same words are said time and time again – kind, dedicated, amazing, a true gentleman, their favourite teacher. The word ‘legend’ is often mentioned too and in this case it very much deserves to be used, he was a true Hawthorn legend.

I arrived at Hawthorn in 1995 straight out of teacher training into Cary’s History Department. I am the teacher and Head of Humanities I am today because of him. From the very beginning he guided me with patience, support and understanding. He pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me what was truly important about our role as teachers. His principles were those of good humour, fairness and absolute dedication to our pupils so that they could be successful. He had a passion for History that he transferred to many of our pupils, encouraging a lifelong interest and enjoyment of the subject. His contribution was not limited to the department either. He coached football teams and joined many residential trips, working hard to educate the whole child and not just the academic side.

Cary made a huge impression on any young teacher who arrived in school. He would lend an ear at any time to someone in need of help and guidance, often giving you just the right piece of advice to build genuine and long-lasting relationships with classes. For over 30 years at Hawthorn he was a trusted colleague who built a solid foundation of mutual trust and respect with both his colleagues and his pupils.

He was a mentor, a cheerleader, and a friend and he will be greatly missed.

Nic Chapman

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