Matthew Horwood, Deputy Mayor and former Mayor of Southwold, died after a long illness on Thursday 28 June.
Born in Walberswick in 1952, he was brought up in Southwold and attended schools in Southwold and Beccles. After leaving school, he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he trained as a teacher of Drama and English. He spent most of his life as a teacher, initially in London. He returned to Suffolk to teach at Southwold Primary School in 1980. He then worked at the Poplars Primary School and was Deputy Headteacher at St Margaret’s Primary School, both in Lowestoft, before progressing to the role of Headteacher at Ringsfield Primary School in 1995. He finally moved to the Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville as Headteacher in 2003, and remained there until his retirement in 2012.
He married his wife Jane in 1980. They had two sons, William and Charles, who were both bought up in Southwold. He was delighted to become a Grandfather for the first time last year with the birth of Joseph. During his life he was heavily involved in the local community, running a children’s drama group in the 1990s together with the late Mary Weston, being chair of Southwold Tennis Club for several years, joining the Millennium Foundation Committee, and serving as vice-chair of the Voluntary Help Centre Committee. Matthew was also editor of Heart & Sole Parish magazine for the past three years.
His dedication to helping others continued into his retirement. He was elected to Southwold Town Council in 2015, and was delighted to be voted in as Mayor in 2017. He made the theme of his Mayoral year volunteering, running a successful volunteering day and helping to raise awareness of organisations in the local area that run on voluntary help.
In his spare time he was a passionate sailor, never happier than when he was on the water in his boat Phantom. He was also a dedicated follower of sport, regularly attending Carrow Road for over 15 years, where he and Charles were season ticket holders, as well as Lord’s Cricket Ground, where William was a member.
Lately he had borne his illness with great bravery and stoicism, never once complaining. He and his family were truly grateful for all the care he received both in hospital and when he returned home, especially that provided by Cathy Ryan and her Sole Bay Care team. His family are heartbroken at the loss of a fantastic husband, dedicated father and loving family man, and know that many others in the Southwold area will feel similarly.
Service of Remembrance
Friday 20th July 2018, 12.30pm at St Edmunds Church, Southwold
Procession to leave Town Hall at Midday