Popular deputy headteacher dies

A ‘WELL-LIKED and respected’ teacher at Upton Primary School has died unexpectedly.

Tuesday, 19th October 2010, 10:37 am

Deputy headteacher Jim Featherstone passed away last week but the circumstances of his death are not known at this time.

Mr Featherstone, who had gone on leave from his duties, is survived by a wife and two children.

Paul Franklin, headteacher at the Waggon Lane school, said: “Jim was a well-liked and respected teacher and our hearts and thoughts go out to his family, particularly his wife and two boys, who must be suffering terribly at this sad time.

“He had been at Upton for a considerably long time and was a much-loved member of staff.”

Mr Featherstone’s funeral is being held tomorrow but his family has requested that it is a private affair.

The school will be closed so pupils and staff can remember him in their own way.

Pupils have also been creating a book of memories to give to Mr Featherstone’s family and adults from the area can sign a book of remembrance, which has been placed in the school reception.

Mr Featherstone’s former pupils have left tributes on social networking site Facebook, saying he was their favourite teacher and that he would be sadly missed.

Mr Franklin added: “His death was sudden and unexpected but we do not have all the details at this time.

“I have informed parents of a school closure to coincide with his arranged funeral on Friday, which is for close family and friends only.

“The closure is so that his colleagues and friends in school can mark the passing of the day in their own individual ways.”

Parents have also been told that any school events planned for tomorrow will be postponed to a later date.