A LONG-serving teacher from Solihull School sadly passed away on December 27 - just two days after celebrating Christmas Day.
The family of Gerry Reddington said that he died suddenly whilst sleeping.
And his partner, Linda Mawson left this touching message on his facebook profile.
“Goodbye sweetheart, thank-you for such happy times. I will love you for ever you will always be mine. I cannot believe you are gone.”
After graduating from university, the dedicated history teacher spent six years at Cheadle Hulme School in Stockport.
The 43-year-old then moved to the well-respected local school on Warwick Road in 1994 where he was branded the ‘stalwart of the history department’.
Headteacher Philip Griffiths spoke of his sadness after hearing about his death.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of his death,” he said.
“Gerry was a stalwart of the history department, teaching across all ages in the Senior School, and was a major contributor to the successful teaching of GCSE and A-Level.
“As Third Form History co-ordinator, Gerry handed me just before the end of term a disc of suggested teaching material for the Third Form and he had over the years various roles in the department.”
Outside of the classroom the father-of-two’s love was cricket. During his time as a teacher he helped with the cricket teams at both Cheadle Hulme and at Solihull.
Gerry’s funeral takes place at Robin Hood Crematorium on Friday January 16 at 12.30pm and the family have asked for only their flowers to be laid.
Donations, if desired, can be made for Diabetes UK c/o Thomas Bragg & Sons, Funeral Directors, 562, Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4AY.