The whole Waldorf Steiner school community here in Canterbury is deeply saddened at the sudden death of Chris Chalk.
Chris had taught at the Steiner school here in Canterbury since its earliest years and for more than 35 years was a self-effacing, patient and quietly humorous presence, his modesty hiding his consummate skill as a craftsman and metalsmith.
As a metalwork and woodwork teacher, Chris inspired generations of pupils to follow his passion and become skilled professionals in this field of craft. His own work, as a fine jeweller and metalworker, was exquisite and he was quietly determined to pass on his gift to others.
Chris was an expert in the field of minerals and crystals and with his wife Beryl went on regular hunts to source beautiful specimens. It was a joy to experience his extensive knowledge, always modestly offered, on the subject of his lifelong passions.
Many of you has asked for ways that you can contribute to a memorial for Chris that could sit within the grounds of our new school. His friends, colleagues and past pupils felt that a quiet space of reflection and contemplation with a beautiful flow form at it's heart would be a wonderful way for us to remember Chris and to celebrate his life and all that he gave to the school, his colleagues and the children who learned so much and were inspired by his love of natural materials and form. We are working with Ebb and Flow who make these beautiful flow forms on one that could easily be moved if the school does end up finding a new site. This way we will keep a space of remembrance and celebration of life at the heart of wherever we are.
Our fondest thoughts and sympathy go out to his family at this very difficult time. We shall all miss him terribly.