In Memory of Jack Stafford Year 10
Royal School Dungannon, 2015-18
It was with great sadness that we learned of the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Jack Stafford in Year 10 on 8th May. Jack was a quiet boy who enjoyed working with computers and had a flair for creating outstanding multimedia presentations which entertained fellow pupils and teachers alike. He was a popular member of his form class with a close circle of friends who remember his sense of humour and kind, thoughtful demeanour.
Indeed, as staff and pupils have been talking to one another and remembering Jack, it is clear that Jack’s consideration of others was obvious to all who met him and also greatly appreciated by his peers. He was the boy who, in the words of one pupil, “was kind and laughed a lot”; and for another, “put a smile on our faces”. His quirky sense of humour stood out, with one pupil remembering the time when Jack changed everyone’s computer screen backgrounds to show the Mario computer game character and another recalling his ability to hide the Sixth Formers’ rugby ball and leave them scratching their head.
Jack was interested in music and he spent many lunchtimes in the music studio working on samples for his latest presentation and he had recently got himself a guitar. One pupil commented that Jack’s videos were, “so good and creative” and another simply stated that, “his music videos were the highlight of our classes”.
The impact of Jack’s loss on the RSD community will be very great indeed and we have a range of support services in school and these will continue in the days ahead. Any pupil, including pupils on study leave, who feels that he or she would like support at this difficult time should contact a member of staff. In the days ahead we will find ways to remember Jack and his time with us in our community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s mother and father, Heather and Nigel, and his siblings, Stuart, Suzanne, Michelle and Debbie and the wider family circle at this most difficult time. In his attitude and his treatment of others, Jack was the best of RSD. We will miss him.
Dr D Burnett