Tributes paid to ex-teacher who ‘enriched pupil’s lives’

Crispian Graves
Crispian Graves

Tributes have been paid to a former councillor and school headteacher who has died at the age of 84.

Crispian Graves died in his sleep at his home in Brill in the early hours of Wednesday June 11.

Mr Graves, who previously lived in Dorton, taught at Ashfold School in the village.

He went on to be chairman of the governors at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury and Brill School.

Following his retirement from teaching, Mr Graves moved into local politics.

He served as a councillor with Aylesbury Vale District Council and Bucks County Council.

He also chaired the education committee at the county council.

In his spare time, he took an active role in the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Mr Graves leaves behind four children including Nicholas, who lives in Thame, and Joanna, of Quainton.

He is also survived by his wife Elizabeth, two sons Peter and Philip and seven grandchildren.

In a statement the family said: “Crispian passed away peacefully in his sleep, but he has left a wonderful legacy, far beyond us, his immediate family.

“His positive influence enriched the lives of the hundreds of schoolchildren he taught.

“This continued through his work with the district and county councils and on into his time as a school governor.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow councillors and ex-pupils.”

Bucks County Council vice-chairman Bill Chapple OBE also paid tribute to Mr Graves.

He said: “Crispian was a great friend and a true gentleman.

“You could not meet a nicer man.

“He had a real aura and presence about him and everything he did was always up to the highest of standards.

“He will be missed by all of us and he will leave a hole that cannot be filled.”

Mr Graves’s funeral takes place on Friday June 20, followed by a thanksgiving service at Brill Church starting at 2.30pm.