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Peterhouse Boys

Mr Tongayi Songore

Dear Governors, Committee Members, Staff and Parents of Peterhouse,

It is my very sad duty to let you know that Mr Tongayi Songore died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday evening. The cause of his death has not yet been established but I can tell you that he was rushed to Borrowdale Hospital yesterday morning. He was 55.
Tongayi was one of our longest serving members of Common Room. He joined Peterhouse in January 1990 having been appointed by Alan Megahey. This term, Trinity 2019, was thus his 86th in post.

Tongayi served the school with distinction – he will be best remembered as a committed house tutor, the Assistant Housemaster of Snell, a junior hockey coach, a first class History teacher at all ages up to A level, but above all else, perhaps, as a passionate basketball coach – his enthusiasm for the sport, which he led for many years, was unparalleled and unrelenting.

To all that he did Tongayi brought a sense of fun – he was a delightful chap who instinctively put others before himself; he approached life with a spring in his step and a smile on his face and was always there for pupils and colleagues alike.

Tongayi’s three children – Michael, Irene and Rufaro, who is currently in the 6th form at PHG – have all been educated here at Peterhouse. Please remember them and Tongayi’s wife Caroline in your prayers and thoughts at this very sad time.

Howard Blackett