Former Lynn college principal Mark dies, aged 91

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A former principal of the College of West Anglia in the 1970s and early 80s has died at the age of 91.

Mark Havery was principal of what was then known as NORCAT (Norfolk College of Arts And Technology) between 1973 and 1983 before retiring.

Originally starting at the college as deputy principal in 1970, Mr Havery took over from David Coatsworth, who left to become county education officer, three years later.

In 1974 he met the Queen Mother when she oficially opened the new tower block at NORCAT.

He lived on Castle Rising Road, at South Wootton, until 1985 when he returned to his native north-east following his retirement.

Mr Havery, who had a degree in civil engineering, leaves three sons in Donald, John and Paul.

His son Paul said: “My dad was a great family man. He still had family and many friends in King’s Lynn.

“He was a lifelong Newcastle United fan and loved his sport with football and cricket being his favourites.”

Mr Havery was also a keen golfer and was a former member of Lynn Golf Club at its previous home of Leziate.

He also enjoyed snooker and bridge player and was a dedicated Methodist, along with his wife Dorothy, attending Gaywood Methodist Church whilst in Lynn.

Dorothy died in December 2013 and with failing health, Mr Havery went into a care home in Ponteland early in 2015 where he celebrated his 91st birthday in June.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday, January 13, at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle at 1.15pm. It will be followed by a service at Ponteland Methodist Church at 2.15pm.