Elizabeth Giltinan, Requiescat in pace
17th May 2017
It was with great sadness that we heard last week that Elizabeth Giltinan had died peacefully in hospital following a recurrence of cancer.
Liz had served in our diocese as Deputy Headteacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Bedhampton before taking up the Headship at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth where she successfully led the school for nearly 15 years. Liz was passionate about the children, the school, the City, music, Wales and her family. She always sought opportunities to implement the latest research and to share this with colleagues. This was particularly seen following a research trip to Shanghai to investigate their approach to the teaching of Maths.
Liz, a keen musician, never missed the chance to play the piano, keyboard or organ, whether in her parish on a Sunday, at school or for wider school gatherings at the Cathedral. Liz was always appreciative of the talents and skills of others. This was seen in the developing of the staff who worked for her, in the opportunities that she provided for the children and in her ‘eagle eyes’ which on a rare Sunday off from playing at St. Joseph’s Church, Havant, could be seen studying the fingers and feet of whichever organist was playing at the Cathedral.
Following a long and successful service as headteacher at Corpus Christ Primary School, Liz was keen to take on a new challenge, and eagerly took on the newly created role of Schools Support Officer in the former Department for Schools. She very quickly became a key member of the team and her contributions were greatly welcomed, as were her frequent contributions of home baking to the team meetings! Liz worked closely with our primary schools supporting and encouraging them as the educational landscape was constantly changing around them. Her sage advice and positive manner, underpinned by her faith will be greatly missed.
We ask the Lord to bestow abundant mercy upon her, grant her eternal repose and bring consolation and hope to her husband Terry and all the family.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.