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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Tributes paid to a popular teacher after sudden death

Tributes have been paid to a popular Cockermouth teacher who died on Monday, aged 56.

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POPULAR TEACHER: Kevin Green, of Oaktree Crescent, Cockermouth

Kevin Green, of Oaktree Crescent, was with brother Paul and two friends in Appleby when he suffered a heart attack.

The former head of geography at Cockermouth School was head of sixth form at St Benedict’s School, Whitehaven.

His son Peter, 24, said his father would always be remembered for the passion he showed for his pupils.

He said: “Everyone who has been taught by dad loved him.

“He had a real passion and interest in people’s future careers and what university they were going to, which made him such an inspiration.”

His wife Diana, 57, added: “He was always fully engaged with all the colleagues, pupils and parents he came into contact with. He had a passion for people and was interested in how they were doing.

“He loved his family and was very proud of our children and of me.

“He loved the comfort of being in a family and worked tirelessly in supporting and encouraging them as well as his many brothers and sisters.

She also added that her husband was a fit and keen sportsman.

She said: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard. Kevin was an all-round sportsman who never got so much as a cold.

“It was such a shock and we still feel the sadness now, but he leaves behind so many memories.”

Mr Green took part in swimming, cycling and fell walking but his major passion was football.

He was a Liverpool supporter, often attending many of the big games, including the team’s Champions League final in Istanbul.

He played for the Bitter End Pub, spent a number of years coaching school teams and set up a team for lads, dads and lasses.

He was also a keen fund-raiser after he lost his sister Helen to meningitis. He raised more than £1,000 when he completed the Liverpool marathon, and he dressed up as John Travolta at a school performance of Grease.

Mr Green was born in Liverpool and was the third child in a family of 10.

Mrs Green added: “He was a gentle giant – he had a big personality and was an extrovert. He was always full of life and optimism.”

Rebecca Hanson, of Kirkgate, Cockermouth, who worked with Mr Green at St Benedict’s for six years, said: “Kevin commanded the respect of everyone who met him because of the quality, consistency, integrity, passion and sense of fun he applied to everything he did.

“Many school children have benefited from having been taught by such a wise guy who knew them better than they knew themselves and who used that knowledge only for their good.”

Mr Green’s funeral will take place next Friday at St Joseph’s Church on Crown Street at 12.30pm. Everybody attending is asked to wear something red in memory of Mr Green’s love of Liverpool.

He leaves behind wife Diana and children Peter, Sarah, Maria and Robert.

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