Tributes have been paid to Uppingham Community College teacher Dale Duffin, who died of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.
Principal Jan Turner broke the news on the college’s website this week. She said Mr Duffin’s death was “as a result of a totally unexpected heart attack on Friday, August 1.”
Mrs Turner added: “Mr Duffin was an extremely valued member of staff and gave so much, in so many ways, to the whole life of the college. Many students will have happy memories of the fantastic exchanges that he organised over the years and I know that lasting friendships will have been formed that will be a legacy to his commitment to instilling a love for languages in everyone he taught.”
A book of condolences had been placed inside the main entrance to reception at the college. It will be given to his family at a later date.
A memorial service will be held in Uppingham at the start of the new term.
Some of Mr Duffin’s former pupils used Twitter to pay tribute to him.
User @francescajayne_ posted: “R.I.P. Mr. Duffin, your tireless efforts to encourage a generation of UCC students to be enthused about languages will not be forgotten.”
And @meganwright_7 said: “I can’t believe it, a true tragedy RIP Mr Duffin.”
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