Tributes to 'gentleman' Hull teacher Stuart Heath, former head at Sutton Park Junior High
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former Hull head teacher.
Stuart Heath, of east Hull, died this month after a short illness.
He taught in Hull schools for more than 40 years, including at Courtney and Chiltern primary schools.
He later moved to Neasden Primary School, where he was a deputy head teacher, and finally to Sutton Park Junior High School, where Mr Heath was a head teacher for a number of years.
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His daughter, Annabelle Heath, 47, said he was not a typical teacher.
She said: "He was not your everyday teacher. He thrived on making children successful and that was brought into our lives.
"He always believed if you are going to do something, then do it to the best of your ability.
"He was very sporty and used to do a lot of that with the children."
Mr Heath retired when he was 63.
When former pupils heard about his death, tributes flooded in to Facebook.
Annabelle said: "That's the kind of person he was.
"I don't live locally anymore but when I would come home everyone would still talk to me about my dad.
"He made you passionate about things, he made you want to remember the good times and the fun times and that these were what memories were made from."
A former pupil, who left a tribute for Mr Heath, said: "Facebook has been flooded with former pupils sharing their sadness at his death, talking about him being a gentleman, an inspiration, the best head teacher they ever had.
"So many people have wonderful stories to share.
"I, for one, have such tremendous regard and respect for him.
"An example of his kindness was some years after I left the school, I was struggling with A-level poetry. I returned to the school and he sat and helped me during lunch break.
"He was always supporting us at sports events, inspiring us to achieve and do well.
"There are also lots of funny and heartwarming stories too.
"He is an inspirational head whose loss is felt by former pupils some 30 years after they left school."
Mr Heath leaves behind wife Valerie, Annabelle, his son Richard, 44, and five grandchildren.
His funeral will be held on Thursday at Eastern Cemetery.