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The “kindest” teacher who inspired the children in Liverpool died at the age of 43

At the age of 43, a “kind and compassionate” teacher who inspired the children in Liverpool died.

Mary Colgan died in her mother’s arms at her home in Aigburth on Saturday, April 23 in the morning. My mother, originally from Drogheda, Ireland, moved to the city at the age of 17 and trained to become a cooking teacher. .

She spent 18 years as a hospitality, catering and textile teacher at Childwall Sports and Science Academy, where she was also head of the Faculty of Design and Technology. After working during the first coronavirus block, Mary was forced to give up her job after being diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Multiforme in August 2020.

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Glioblastoma Multiforme is a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor with a devastatingly short average survival of only 12-18 months. Despite her diagnosis, Julie Hoey’s best friend said Mary “gave the best fight” and did not want to know how long she had to live.

Julie told ECHO: “She always said ‘no one can tell me when I die, I will only die when I am ready to die.’

“She touched so many hearts and the news was really amazing as she acted like a teacher; her compassion, her enthusiasm. Her email address was Miss Sunshine – she was the sunbeam.”

Mary Colgan, 43, pictured with her mother Mary Colgan and twin sister Ann Colgan. (Image: Family leaflet)

Julie described Mary as a “real gourmet” who came to school at 7:30 to make bacon for her students and was happy to support students who might not otherwise have breakfast. She added: “She was just a wonderful friend, my rock and a wonderful teacher. My little boy – he is nine years old – was her absolute world and she was his.

“We fulfilled her dream from the very beginning. All our cards were signed by ‘Scouse Irish forever’, so what we decided to do for her as an inheritance was really John, I … I was established as Scouse Irish forever.” website and Instagram. “

Julie said the Scouse Irish website was set up by her and her boyfriend John Parry after she was diagnosed with Mary, in order to “promote the link between Liverpool and Ireland” by selling Liverpool and Irish goods. All profits from these goods were donated to the Clatterbridge Cancer Center in Liverpool, where Mary was treated.

The family wants to raise awareness of glioblastoma multiforme and the need for more funding for brain tumors in Mary’s memory. Honors have come from friends, colleagues and alumni since she reported her death on Scouse Irish’s instagram page.

One student wrote, “RIP Miss Colgan, my favorite teacher has always smiled us all during every hour xxx heartbreaking.”

Mary was described as a kind and inspiring teacher (Image: Family leaflet)

The other said, “Such sad news! RIP, Miss Colgan. You have been the kindest, kindest, and happiest teacher! I think of you and all your family and friends xxx.”

The third said, “Heartbreaking. RIP for the best teacher I’ve ever had, such an amazing woman.”

Radio City presenter Leanne Campbell said: “Queen. We will appreciate our beautiful handmade blankets and our memories of her unlimited kindness. Forever in my thoughts. One of a kind x.”

A former colleague wrote: “I had the pleasure of spending my early teaching career as part of the @childwallacademy team. Mary was one of the best, always had time for students and made sure every child was given an opportunity. Her famous café at night for staff was legendary and she has always been the life and soul of the school. There are no more words, only memories, but I will keep them forever. Ruined, calmly sleeping Miss Colgan, sincere condolences to her whole family. Sully x “

A condolence book will be available for signing at the Childwall Sports and Science Academy from Monday. Julie and her family would like to thank the Marie Curie Supportive and End of Life Care (STARS) team, the district nurses and Clatterbridge Cancer Center staff for the care Mary has given.

Julie added, “They really took care of us all to be honest, and treated her with dignity, love and respect, and that’s all you could want.”

The family is now raising money for Mary Curie and Fans Supporting Foodbanks in memory of Mary. Click here or here to contribute.

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