Bishop Tyrrell Anglican bid farewell to College Patron, Mr Harry Bottriell, who sadly passed away on Friday 8th April. Mr Bottriell’s funeral was held at Christchurch Cathedral on the 15th April and was attended by many current and former staff and students who formed a guard of honour after the service to acknowledge his immeasurable care and support of the College since inception.
Mr Bottriell was the first College Chair and was closely involved in the foundation of the College in 1999. He was integral in the initial planning stages and the selection of the site at Fletcher. His deep commitment to the faith of young people and hope for the future were invaluable in the College’s early years. He was a central figure in the life of the College who gave so much of himself to ensure the College grew and developed in accordance with the Church’s vision.
Harry Bottriell was also a patron of the arts and it was this passion that prompted development of the College Art Shows. He was always available to open exhibitions and in 2003, his final year as Chair, he also opened the then new Stanton building at the College. Mr Bottriell was always on hand to support the College at Speech Day, the College Fair, Musicals, Assemblies, ANZAC services, Grandparents’ Day and Bishop Tyrrell Day. On many occasions he stood in as surrogate grandparent for Primary students whose families could not attend.
Mr Bottriell was renowned for his love of football. He had a special connection with the Bishop Tyrrell Football Club and enjoyed watching the games over the years. The Bishop Tyrrell Football Club Harry Bottriell Award was created to encourage sportsmanship and excellence on the field as a tribute to him. In 2007, the College Library was named in his honour. The Bottriell Library is now a hub for learning in the College, just as Harry Bottriell was the centre of the College for so many years.
Mr Bottriell will be sadly missed by the Anglican community and the Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College community will certainly feel the loss of its champion.