Memories of W. T. Quirk

He was a lovely man. He was the Headmaster when I was at Vic. Road School.


A lovely man. I remember him well.


As a young child Mr Quirk encouraged me to sing and was always so supportive. He wrote the music to a T.E. Brown poem called ‘At Derbyhaven’ which I sang at St. John’s Church last year. The girls in the choir remembered the song and his wonderful personality. I performed the same song at St Mary’s Church in Douglas last month (Oct 2019).
I have such wonderful memories of the school Christmas Concerts etc. A great inspiration!


When I was about 10 years old, I remember him encouraging me with my pencil sketches. He also wrote songs that I sang as solos when he took me with him to talks he was giving on T. E. Brown. I can still remember one of the tunes he composed for the Lord’s Prayer.

Linda (A pupil of W.T.)

W. T.  was full of fun and all the pupils loved him. He was also respected by all members of staff. Everyone looked forward to his annual operettas and concerts.

Chris (Teaching colleague)

When he arrived as new Head Teacher the school became a happier friendly place.

Margaret (Pupil)

He was a lovely headmaster who would encourage us to write our own poems. If he liked any he would put them in his own books!

Carol (Pupil)

Can’t speak more highly of him from the age of 7. I went around the island when he did concerts of T. E. Brown’s poetry. I loved him.

Christine (Pupil)
(W.T. recognised her voice and she went on to become an opera singer)

WT aka Pappa Quirk was such an influence on me. He was significant.
He was so talented and even I as an 8 yr old picked it up …
He encouraged me … and I will never forget that.
I was so lucky to have met him and he was inspirational & so talented. …
The music & drama with WT made up for other problems I had with a change of school.

Debo Sellis/Richards (Pupil)

Aww… how lovely to see a picture of him again. What a lovely man and a great teacher. We were lucky kids.

Fen Collister (Pupil)

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