FENLAND: Tributes continue to pour in for head found dead at Wisbech school

PUBLISHED: 16:03 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

Neil Sears head of Meadowgate School, Wisbech

Neil Sears head of Meadowgate School, Wisbech

TRIBUTES continue to pour in for headteacher Neil Sears who was found dead at a Wisbech School. The Wisbech Standard and Cambs Times tribute page has been inundated with scores of comments from past pupils and friends who have been left deeply shocked by

TRIBUTES continue to pour in for headteacher Neil Sears who was found dead at a Wisbech School.

The Wisbech Standard and Cambs Times tribute page has been inundated with scores of comments from past pupils and friends who have been left deeply shocked by his sudden death.

Mrs Sears, 52, had worked at the Meadowgate School for more than 13 years and had been headteacher for three years.

An inquest into his death was opened on Friday.

The cause of death was "suspensory asphyxia by a ligature" (hanging).

Police said there had been no suspicious circumstances and that they handed his case over to the coroner's office.

Among the tributes left on our website were comments from Andy Bartlett, who said: "My wife and I are so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and dedicated man.

"Watching Neil at the Christmas shows was a real treat.

"It was obvious to all, that he was having as much fun as the children, and his compassion to those around him seemed never ending.

"Jane and I will cherish the time we have known him, he truly was a giant of a man.

"The world is a poorer place without him. It is sometimes lost on those of us who leave our children in the care of such dedicated professionals, the stresses and strains they face running our schools.

"Our deepest respects to Karen and all of Neil's family."

Another poignant message left was by "Sid", who said: "Neil, I will never forget what you did for Warren.

"He saw you as more of a mate than the head of school, and when we lost Warren you was there for us. I'm proud to have known you mate, maybe if there is another place warren will be there to look after you."

Suzanne posted: "I will always remember the way you treated me as a parent.

"You always made effort to say hello and make parents feel welcome and put our worries to rest. You were such a fab character that will be dearly missed. Good bless. love Suzanne, Shaun, Cara and Mitchell xxxx."

And Sue and Marie Burrows, said: "Our thoughts and sympathy go to all the family, Neil will be greatly missed, he was a kind and thoughtful man who cared so much for everyone and would always listen and help. He worked so hard to help make our children achieve there very best, and we will never forget all the extra things he did to put smiles on there faces. We hope you are at peace, you will always be in our memories forever. God bless you, Suzanne and Marie Burrows.

More stories are published on this website and follow the links to leave your own message for Neil's family on our special tributes page.


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