Brother John Tedesco (1969-1984)

Brother John Tedesco (1921-1984) Taught at St Peter’s from 1969 – 1984.

“Brother Ted was where the action was, indeed he was the action” (Helen Bruce: Parents’ Rep on the Board of Governors)

“Brother Ted” was one of the founding members of the Rosmini College in Auckland and came to Gore in 1965 to help raise money to set up a Catholic school in Southland. He returned in 1969 and taught at St Peter’s for the next 15 years. A man of many parts, he lived his faith to the full. He taught the sciences, maths, geography, PE, agriculture and Christian living. A founder of the photographic club, we have him to thank for the comprehensive photographic record of St Peter’s College early years. Keen on sports, he coached and umpired hockey teams. He instigated the annual institution of the School Fair and ran the tombola and his Big Slide with characteristic flamboyance. He was also one of the initial instigators of a past pupils’ organisation and was involved in all aspects of producing “The Rock”. He believed that travel was educational and led many school trips, both at home and abroad. In the wider Gore community he served on the Council for many years and was a valued member of various organisations.

Twenty eight years after his death, he is still remembered here with great affection and respect - a testament to the impact that he had on all who knew him.

His energy, dynamism and enthusiasm for life have left a legacy that the school still benefits from today and pupils from St Peter’s still maintain his grave and lay flowers there in remembrance.

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