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Corbett Haselgrove Spurin

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This is a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson. “Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.“
Dad loved to talk. It is this passion for communication that led to the natural choice of profession – teaching. Whilst at Monkton House as a school child, Dad displayed a natural talent for mathematics, and it didn’t take long before he was making money selling his answers to the rest of the class.
Language was not a barrier. When Dad got lost on a school trip in France, it didn’t take long for him to master the language. It was there that he met my mother and went on to have a loving family.
Music is another form of communication. As a mature student, Dad taught classical guitar and French. A message from one of his past pupils highlights some of Dad’s qualities. “You know that your dad played a large part in my teenage years! I will never forget the guitar lessons and the French tutoring (I think that I drove him up the wall!!). He was a regular visitor to our house for many years - reliable, intelligent and a he had great sense of humour!”
I would also add patience to these qualities. Growing up as a child, my least favourite subject as a primary school child was – yep mathematics. But through time and patience, dad ensured that I grasped the basic concepts – it did take 4 days of pages and pages of equations though!!!
Dad has always tried to guide myself, Karina and Victoria through life without placing any pressure on us as to what we wanted to do with our lives.
When I came to live with Dad, I stated I wanted to be a bus driver. Dad’s answer was to take me to one of his student’s parties and without a word showed me that there is a little more to life!!
It has been good to read all the emails that have arrived from past students. Many have commented on the personal time he spent to ensure that they achieved the best they could and helped them to step onto the career ladder.
I quote, “Your dad was dedicated to his works, his students, his colleagues and from my observations, to his family as you know so well. He always had time to assist others whenever he can.”
Dad has made many friends across the globe through his own studies at University, during his work life and his own company “The National Academy of Dispute Resolution” - America, Malaysia, Greece, Australia, Saudi Arabia to name a few. It is a testament that he remained in contact with all the people he met, regularly speaking on the telephone or by email.
Dad was passionate about his chosen field. The President of the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators commented, “I thought he had a wonderful grasp of the subject and a great enthusiasm for the company we were in. His academic work for the whole arbitration community is very well known and will provide a lasting memorial to him.”

It has been said that at meetings, Dad displayed a dry sense of humour accompanied be a conspiratorial laugh. This was particularly evident when people were taking themselves too seriously and being boring!!

Dad never really moved away from this area as he was committed to ensuring that his Mum and Dad were well taken care of. Family meant a lot to him, and he enjoyed nothing more than having his family around him. He was especially fond of his grand children. He liked nothing more than buying presents for them, sometimes on a weekly basis. It would not surprise me to see Tescos and Macros going into financial difficulties now that he is no longer with us!!

He enjoyed cooking for his closest friends and family and Saturday nights will never be the same. It was a time to eat, talk and then finish the evening off with a glass of whiskey or two and talk some more.

Karina, Victoria and I would like to thank everyone here for their kind words over the last week

Added by: Paul Hazelgrove Spurin on 17 January 2009.

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