Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Funeral date set for 'rare treasure' Cumbrian teacher

The funeral will take place next Friday for school teacher Kevin Green, described as a “rare treasure”.

Kevin Green photo
Kevin Green

More tributes have been paid to the 56-year-old, from Cockermouth, who died on Monday after suffering a heart attack.

Dave Skillen, who worked alongside Mr Green for 11 years as a teacher and then as school chaplain at St Benedict’s in Whitehaven, said that his death had left him “utterly devastated” as they had supported each other in many ways over the years.

“He epitomised all that is whole, true and complete about the aims of Catholic education; anyone who would wish to know why the church describes teaching as a vocation in its rich and beautiful vision of education, need look no further than to Kevin Green,” he said.

He said he was a man “rooted in justice and love, a man bursting with life and in whom anyone and everyone would find a true friend.

“Personally, I have lost a great friend; St Benedict’s school has lost a rare treasure, leaving a hole it will never fill, certain people are irreplaceable,” added Mr Skillen.

His brother John said: “Kevin – my big brother, my friend, my best man, a loving father to four fine children, a caring teacher, ever optimistic, always seeing the best in people, generous with his time and commitment to help others.

“Kevin lived a fantastic, positive life that many – family, pupils, friends – benefited from, let us all remember that.”

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.

Mr Green’s funeral will take place next Friday at St Joseph’s Church on Crown Street in Cockermouth at 12.30pm, followed by cremation at Distington Hall.

Everybody attending the funeral is asked to wear something red in tribute to Mr Green’s love of Liverpool.


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