Trib­utes paid to pop­u­lar teacher

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

TRIB­UTES have flooded in on­line for a for­mer Run­corn head­teacher who has died aged 82.

Gor­don Firth, for­merly of The Grange Ju­nior School, is re­ported to have passed away last month.

Mr Firth’s niece Les­ley Rawl­in­son an­nounced his death on the Run­corn Past And Present Face­book group page.

The Grange Ju­nior School has since closed down and been bull­dozed for re­de­vel­op­ment as hous­ing.

Its pupils, staff and work was amal­ga­mated into The Grange School, a through school that in­cor­po­rated the Grange Com­pre­hen­sive, ju­niors and in­fants schools.

The com­ments sec­tion be­low the post was in­un­dated with mes­sages of goodwill to­wards Mr Firth, from pupils not just at The Grange but other schools where he worked.

Mr Firth was the fa­ther of screen­writer Tim Firth, who wrote for hits such as The Bill, Boon and Spit­ting Im­age as well as the 2003 film Cal­en­dar Girls.

Lynn Roberts said: “So sorry to hear this. Sin­cere con­do­lences. Mr Firth was my head­mas­ter at Brad­shaw Lane Pri­mary school in Grap­pen­hall, War­ring­ton back in 1966. He was a won­der­ful man, I’ve never for­got­ten him and have so many lovely mem­o­ries. RIP Mr Firth.”

Vic­to­ria Shaw said: “Very sad news, Mr Firth was an ex­cel­lent teacher and Head­mas­ter. Ev­ery­one, pupils, teach­ers and par­ents had the ut­most re­spect for him – he was a won­der­ful man.”

Bar­bara Wat­son said: “Very sad news. Thoughts go to his fam­ily .He was a lovely man, sim­ply the best, a gen­tle gi­ant and true gen­tle­man.

“It was an hon­our for me to have worked for him also to have my two chil­dren taught by him. He loved his pupils and if any of them had a tal­ent he brought it out of them. I will never for­get him. Thank you for ev­ery­thing.”

Les­ley said: “To for­mer staff and pupils of The Grange Ju­nior School.

“It is with huge sad­ness I have to pass on the news that my un­cle, Gor­don Firth, head­teacher at the Grange ● for many years, passed away this morn­ing at the age of 82.

“I will give fur­ther in­for­ma­tion when I have it.”

Grange Ju­nior School

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