We give thanks for the life of Captain Mike Bolton, who died peacefully on 8 February at his home in Donard, West Wicklow after a short illness. As a current parent, Mike was invited to join the board of governors in 2001. A year later, he took on the role of chairman. Bringing leadership qualities from his army background, a cheerful interest in the development of young people and a keen regard for the school’s broad heritage, he served as chairman until 2006 and remained a governor until 2019.
School chaplain Canon Peter Campion led a private funeral service at Mount Jerome earlier this week. He spoke of Mike’s love for the school and the warm kind-heartedness he brought to so many people.
Current Chairman of the Board, Angus Potterton, wrote ‘It was only in the last year of his time as a Governor that I got to know Mike having the opportunity to spend one wonderful and memorable evening with him. He regaled me with stories of his time overseas with the army, where he took the time to learn the local tribal language and wrote what remained the only dictionary of it, until very recently.
By anyone’s measurement, he had an extraordinary life. He was a wonderful character, very charismatic, but also incredibly generous and kind hearted.’
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Pooh, his daughters Tango, Christie, Bear, Katie and Jess, his son Eric and a large family circle. It is hoped that it will be possible to hold a service of thanksgiving for Mike’s life later in the year.