John Pilbin's senior education was at the Union British Board School, in South
Shields, from 1895 to 1899, after which he went to the Education Department at Armstrong
College, Durham University. Here, from 1899 to 1901, he gained his Board of Education
Certificate. Staying at Armstrong, he went on to study Mathematics (with Geography
as a subsidiary subject) and left in 1904 with his BSc.
His first teaching post was a year at Laygate Lane Junior School then, in
1902, he went to St Stephen's Council School. for three years, followed by
St John's Council School for the next 15 years following which he was appointed
to Westoe Secondary School as Senior Mathematics Master, on 14th September,
He transferred to the new school at Harton in 1936 but, after only a year there,
on 10th December, 1937, he passed away.
His obituary in the ATOM of April, 1938, records:
He was a kindly, gentle man, who worked in a most conscientious manner, and
he was a true and loyal colleague. He was deeply religious and held high ideals
and he carried these thoughts into all his actions and his work.