Tribute to Arthur Dyball by Monty Halls OB

Monty Halls is an Old Bedstonian, British TV Broadcaster and marine biologist.

At Mr Dyball’s Funeral Service, Mr Lynch read out the Eulogy which has been written by David Gajardharsingh (Head of Bedstone between September 2011 and December 2018), and Monty Halls builds on this Eulogy for his tribute:

“I’ll just very briefly add to David’s wonderful eulogy if I may, and I’ll do so for the perspective of what you might term an end user – a student at Bedstone. And I know I speak for many, many thousands of others when I talk of the affection, respect, and love we all had for Arthur. And I hope he would forgive me if I called him, just on this occasion, and for these last few words, Dibs.
He was a true polymath, loving history as much as any other subject, and so to quote Pericles seems very apt:
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Now more than ever, we are all learning just how significant teachers are for young people. The pandemic has made us all profoundly aware that teachers are mentors, and pass on way more than just their chosen subject to their students. Through their actions, their bearing, and their character, they also pass on how to carry yourself as a person, how to treat others, and how to view the wider world. Generations of pupils at Bedstone therefore learned from Dibs that kindness, decency, patience, diligence, and acceptance of every race and creed – these were the important things in life. There is not a single child that passed through the school that cannot personally recall an act of kindness from him, a quiet word, a thoughtful gesture, or a timely intervention. As such the example he set continues to resonate in all of us today, regardless of age, location, or occupation. It is quite a legacy.
As William James noted:
“The great use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
He also, of course, was a great scholar of English, so having already used a couple of quotes, I think Dibs would forgive me for finishing with one more.
This could very well have been written addressing Arthur directly, and his truly unique relationship with Bedstone and the young people under his charge:
“Your depth of commitment,
your quality of service,
the product of your devotion –
these are the things that count in life.”
I think it’s fair to say that the pupils from Bedstone who were lucky enough to be taught by Dibs, a vast community now spread to the four corners of the world, would be unanimous in saying thank you to him. Thank you for a life well lived, and the manifest gifts you passed onto all of us. We will never forget you.”