A ‘highly respected and loved’ Shropshire teacher has died at the age of 71 following a battle against Parkinson’s Disease.
Frank Bailey, from Bayston Hill, near Shrewsbury, died on Friday at Maesbrook Care Home in Shrewsbury.
His wife Eileen today paid tribute to the father of two, who taught at Meole Brace School for 27 years, serving as head of lower school and as a senior teacher.
Before his time at Meole Brace, he had taught at the Stoke Heath Young Offenders Institution in the 1970s, helping give the young men at the facility, many of whom were serious offenders, an education.
His Shropshire teaching career began at Orleton Park, Wellington, when it was still a secondary modern school and he taught woodwork and technical drawing.
Mrs Bailey said her husband would be well-remembered, especially for his time at Meole Brace.
“He was a highly respected and loved teacher in his capacity as Head of Lower School and Senior Teacher. As head of the Learning Support Department, many pupils passed through his capable hands and he always had their welfare at heart,” she said.
“He was an innovative and imaginative teacher with a ready sense of humour. Perhaps he will be most remembered for the visits to Butlins’ that he organised for Year 7 children for a decade – the participants were clearly identifiable by their knitted bobble hats in Shrewsbury Town colours!”
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