Way back on the 13th August 2014, I published a very sad appeal from the Walsall Council Environmental Health Team who were attempting to locate any remaining family of retired Darlsaton teacher and musician Michael Syrett, who died a few days earlier.
I subsequently posted up their note of thanks for help, but sadly no relatives had been located; I also promised that when funeral arrangements were announced I’d publish them here.
Michael lived alone in Darlaston, where he had also been a teacher until his retirement.
Michael’s funeral arrangements were released yesterday, Tuesday 7th October 2014, in the following press release:
Funeral arrangements for former Darlaston teacher
Funeral arrangements have been finalised for a Darlaston man who passed away this summer.
Mr Michael Syrett died at his home on Saturday 9 August.
In keeping with their duties, the council will provide a basic funeral for Mr Syrett on Monday 20 October 2014 at 1:45pm at Streetly Crematorium.
Anyone wishing to send flowers can send them to the Co-operative Funeralcare, Hatherton Street, Walsall.
Mr. Syrett was born in Wales and moved to Darlaston to train as a teacher. He taught at Darlaston Comprehensive School and was retired at the time of his death.
He was never married. Both of his parents died in the 1990s and he had no siblings.
Although heart-wrenchingly sad, this does indicate the diversity of tasks that Environmental Health have to fulfil. I thank them for their dedication, professionalism and care.
Of course, if any member of the Syrett family does perchance read this, the Council would still appreciate you getting in touch. You can find details of how to do so in my original post.
If anyone would prefer not to contact the council directly for whatever reason, email me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot come and I’ll pass any messages on.
Thanks for the update Bob. I had no luck with my inquiries. If I lived in the UK I would have been at the funeral, but my thoughts will be with Mick on the 20th.
Such a sad story. This gentleman spent his life in public service and, as I’ve seen from comments on here, FB and so on, was clearly a well respected, liked and memorable teacher. As far as I know, the funeral service will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.