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Trib­utes flood in for ‘kind and fun’ teacher

- Fun (band) · Wokingham

The par­ents of teacher James Fur­long have paid trib­ute to him af­ter he was named as one of the three vic­tims of the Read­ing ter­ror at­tack.

Mr Fur­long, 36, was head of his­tory, gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics at The Holt School in Wok­ing­ham, and died dur­ing the in­ci­dent, which took place at 7pm on Satur­day in For­bury Gar­dens.

His par­ents Gary and Janet re­leased a state­ment through Thames Val­ley Po­lice which said: “James was a won­der­ful man. He was beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent, hon­est and fun.

“He was the best son, brother, un­cle and part­ner you could wish for. We are thank­ful for the mem­o­ries he gave us all. We will never for­get him and he will live in our hearts for­ever.”

They asked for their pri­vacy to be re­spected and said they will not com­ment fur­ther at this time.

Co-head teach­ers Anne Kennedy and Katie Pearce also paid trib­ute to Mr Fur­long, and de­scribed him as a “kind and gen­tle man”.

In a state­ment, they said:.“As a Holt com­mu­nity, we all now need to ab­sorb this sad news. Coun­sel­lors will be avail­able for stu­dents and staff. He was a cher­ished col­league and he will be sadly missed.”

Lessons for Mon­day have been can­celled for all year groups.

The lo­cal church will also be opened from 9am for peo­ple to go and light a can­dle in his mem­ory.

For­mer pupils have praised the “in­spi­ra­tional” teacher, de­scrib­ing him as “the best”.

Jade Sir­mon, a pupil at The Holt from 2012-2017, told PA: “He re­ally was an in­cred­i­ble teacher.

“He was funny and kind and al­ways made his­tory fun and en­ter­tain­ing.”

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