Mary Ireland Obituary, Death – Mary Ireland died on January 19 at the St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne. She had been getting treatment for her metastatic tumors for the past fifteen months. Mary had been getting treatment for her tumors that had spread for fifteen months. We’re sorry to have to tell you this, but it’s the truth. In addition to the administrative jobs she had before, Mary was the Ardingly Housemistress, the Deputy Head at Christ’s Hospital, and the Headteacher at Bancroft’s School. She was very proud of being Fergus’ mother and also of being Malcolm’s grandmother.
She was very proud of being both of those things. Because of the work she did in these jobs, Mary was able to make a big difference in the lives of a lot of young people in a good way. This was true both in his personal life and at work. In addition to her duties as Warden of the Drapers Company, she was also Chair of the Governors at the Maylands Primary School, where her children went to school. During the time she was in charge, her children went to school there. Even though the screen door might have been closed, she might be out tonight “scouting the promised land,” to paraphrase a line from one of her favorite songs. Mary was a great help to me, and the choices she made had a big effect on how the rest of my life would go.
A lot of who I am now is because of the decisions that Mary made. Every single one of you has my deepest condolences. She was an important person in the lives of a lot of people and had a big impact on how they lived. Before the lockdown, I got to spend some time at your house with Mary and the two of you. That time will always be special to me and make me feel good when I think about it. I’m thinking about you, Ferg, Ruth, and the little kid who takes care of Mally right now. I want you to know that I pray for all four of you at the same time. I keep thinking about you and remembering you in my heart and mind. Mrs. Ireland gave me a lot of advice and care during those years and in the years that followed. She had a huge impact on my time in school, and I’ll never stop being grateful to her for all of it.