Former Frodsham teacher dies in Canada

A FORMER Frodsham teacher has died, aged 90, in Canada where he has lived for more than 40 years.
Douglas Ernest Arthurson taught for many years at the Manor School in Frodsham, guiding hundreds of children through the 11-plus examination to enable them to progress to grammar school.
He died peacefully in hospital with his wife, Ira and immediate family at his side.
Douglas was born in Halton and began his education at a church school where his father was principal.
By chance, he and Ira attended this school together, and years later their lives would converge and they married.
While training as a teacher Doug was called up for National Service with the RAF.
Afterwards he taught at the Manor School and shared his love of soccer by coaching school teams.
It was during his time teaching in Frodsham that Doug again met Ira, a widow with two children, who was also a teacher. They married in 1970 and emigrated to Canada five years later, with Doug continuing to teach for 10 years before retiring at the age of 59.
Having enjoyed tennis all his life, he was now able to successfully compete in Canadian masters’ tournaments.
In his later years he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

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  1. I remember Mr Arthurson from my time at Overton School in the early 60s. He was a nice man and a very good teacher. A sad loss for his family here and in Canada.

  2. Douglas’s wife was my art teacher at (the then) Frodsham Secondary Modern School. Before marriage, her name was Miss Owen.
    I am sure there must be a great many of us who will remember Dougie Arthurson.
    RIP, Mr.Arthurson.

  3. Douglas ‘Aggy’ Arthur son was my favourite teacher at the Manor school when I was there (’64 – ’67), and my form tutor in my final year before transferring to Helsby Grammar in summer ’67. An enthusiastic teacher and thoroughly lovely man.
    Sad that he’s passed on, but happy he reached such a good age.

  4. I trained to teach at Padgate College of Education in Warrington 1969-72 and completed my third year teaching practice at Frodsham the Manor primary school. It was a fantastic six weeks (that’s all you had to do in those days). Mr Arthurson was deputy Head at that time I think. There were two of us , Dave Dooley was the other student, and on our last evening at the school (just before Christmas 1971) we were invited to the Arthurton’s home for dinner. What a lovely evening we had. After dinner we went to pub called The Horns (is it still there?) After a few drinks we were driven home, back to Padgate. Doug was a lovely man.

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