Respected head who always put others first
Family pays tribute to a much-loved teacher
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