Re­spected head who al­ways put oth­ers first

Fam­ily pays trib­ute to a much-loved teacher

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a re­spected for­mer head­teacher who taught in Hilling­don and Eal­ing dur­ing the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Estelle Brown was head­teacher at Hilling­don In­fants School – now Hilling­don Pri­mary School – in Uxbridge Road, Hilling­don, from 1965 to 1976.

She left to be­come head of Lady Mar­garet First School – now Lady Mar­garet Pri­mary School – in Southall, be­fore re­tir­ing in 1986.

She died of bron­chop­neu­mo­nia at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal on May 11, aged 96.

Her son Christo­pher, 62, of Hamil­ton Road, Hayes, said: “She re­ally loved kids. The pro­fes­sion was ideal for her and she found it very, very re­ward­ing.

“I re­mem­ber com­ing to see her at the school and they were hav­ing an as­sem­bly and I stood at

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries the back with all the kids chat­ting. They only had to hear her foot­steps and they stopped quiet.

“Peo­ple re­spected her. She never had to smack a child or any­thing like that.”

Mrs Brown, who lived in Hamil­ton Road, Hayes, had been born in Can­dle Is­land, which be­longs to In­dia, but was sent by her par­ents to live in the UK in 1941, af­ter the Sec­ond World War broke out, while her sis­ter, Sylvia, was sent to Australia.

The sib­lings re­united 14 years later, when Sylvia – who was her­self a maths teacher and is now aged 98 – came to live in the UK.

Christo­pher said: “Even in my last con­ver­sa­tion with her – bear in mind she was very ill – she was ask­ing, ‘How’s Sylvia? How are the dogs?’

“She was al­ways ask­ing about other peo­ple. She al­ways put other peo­ple first.”

Mrs Brown leaves her sis­ter Sylvia, her chil­dren Christo­pher, Tr­isha and Roger, her five grand­chil­dren and 11 great grand­chil­dren.

Her fu­neral, which was well at­tended, took place at The Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary church, in Botwell on Tues­day May 26.

The fu­neral was fol­lowed by a ser­vice at Break­s­pear Cre­ma­to­rium.

n FAM­ILY: Above, Estelle Brown with her sis­ter Sylvia, son Christo­pher and great nephew David in 2008. Be­low with her son Christo­pher

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