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Christopher Todd

Christopher Robert McLaren Todd

Christopher Robert McLaren Todd

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Christopher who passed away yesterday (16.08.18) after a short illness.  Christopher joined Calday as a teacher of chemistry in 1975 and retired in 2006 after 31 years service.  He continued his work in hockey as a volunteer until 2016.

In his time here, in addition to teaching chemistry, he led the school to be national hockey champions, organised  many national and international hockey tours, led the CCF and conducted the school orchestra.  Christopher has been an important part of Calday’s recent history and a great many students will bear testimony to the positive impact he has had personally on their lives.  Our sympathy goes to his close family and many friends at this sad time.

Christopher also played a major role in hockey nationally and internationally.  He was Vice President of England Hockey, past President of both NWHUA and NHUA, Chairman of the NHUA Management Committee and also the Cheshire Hockey Association.  He was also a Life Member of the NORTH Hockey Association and organiser of the Boys’ Schools Cup (U14, U16 and U18) for Wirral, the North West and the NORTH of England.  

As an umpire, he was appointed to five world cups (a British record), two Olympic Games and three European Nations Championships (a World record). He was the first British umpire to officiate in the USSR which was in August 1976. He was the neutral European umpire at the Pan-American Games in Cuba in August 1991. He also spent  much of his time as a Level Three Hockey Umpire Coach, coaching hockey umpires in the national league as well as in the north leagues and at local matches.