He was married to Marie-France, and had three children - Mark, Valerie, and Ben who was born in the school.
He wrote: "I still can think of no better motto for a school than the one found on a bird bath outside the Art Room (Conservatory then) - AVES SATUI NON OBSUNT ( or is it OBSINT?)" - Translation = FEAR NOT TO SOW BECAUSE OF THE BIRDS
The Thornbers are still living at
Telephone: (01577) 840303
His son Mark now has M.S.