Dr Bill Gent

We were extremely sad to hear of the death of Bill Gent, a wonderful friend and colleague to so many in the RE world. Initial memories of Bill are always of his kindness, amazing smile, immense kindness and interest in everything everyone was doing. He was involved as a member of first the Professional Council for RE and then NATRE as editor of REsource and then Professional Reflection for 10 years. NATRE pass on their condolences to Lynn, Bill’s wife.

Please do add your memories to the Facebook page. These memories are being passed on to Lynn so she can share these happy memories of the difference that Bill made in our lives.

‘It is such sad news to hear of Bill's death. I first met Bill on joining the NATRE Executive Committee, and he was a welcoming and kind presence. He was clearly a formidable intellect, who had a deep understanding of religious belief and practice, and he was always able to see and express how this could be applied to the school classroom. He was also a humble and encouraging man, taking a real interest in each new generation of RE teachers. As editor of NATRE's journal, Professional Reflection, he was responsible for giving many teachers an early taste of writing, and was unfailingly positive in his encouragement of our emerging practice. His contribution to RE, his humour and his kindness will be missed.’

Ben Wood, NATRE Chair

It seems appropriate to leave you with a link to Bill’s last article which appears in the April edition of Professional REflection. It is absolutely Bill and may make you shed a tear and perhaps raise a smile too.

On reflection - Commonplace reflections - Dr Bill Gent

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