The funeral of a long-serving and popular former Fleetwood head teacher has been held in the town.
Terry McCarron served as head of St Wulstan’s RC Primary School, later to incorporate St Edmund’s RC School, from 1975 until his retirement in 1995.
It is a true measure of his character that he went on to become so closely involved in the life of the Fleetwood community, and that is one reason he is missed
Mr McCarron died last month at the age of 76 and on Friday his funeral mass was held at a packed St Wulstan’s Church. At the same time as the service, his old school was holding a two minute silence during a special assembly next door.
Canon Alf Hayes led the funeral mass, which was attended by Mr McCarron’s family, friends and colleagues, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles to remember and pay their respects to a much loved friend.
Afterwards a reception was held at Fleetwood Cricket Club.
Mr McCarron, originally from Birkenhead and known simply as Terry to family and friends, moved to Fleetwood with his wife Vivien and two small children in 1975 to take up the position of headteacher at St Wulstan’s.
During his time at the school he taught children from hundreds of Fleetwood’s families.
After his death, many of them sent poignant messages recalling happy memories of their time at the school.
Mr McCarron was an active member of Fleetwood Choral Society, singing in many concerts over the years.
He was also an active member of Fleetwood Rotary Club for many years, including a role as schools co‐ordinator for Life Education Trust in Lancashire and as a member of the Fielden Trust in Fleetwood.
Gordon Oates, honorary secretary of Fleetwood Rotary Club, said: “Terry was a very loved and much-respected member of our club, who is already greatly missed. He was a very active member who particularly excelled in his work with the Life Education Trust. When he first came to St Wulstan’s with his family, Terry had never set foot in Fleetwood before.
“It is a true measure of his character that he went on to become so closely involved in the life of the Fleetwood community, and that is one reason he is missed.”
Earlier this year, Mr McCarron was diagnosed with cancer and spent the last few weeks of his life being cared for at Trinity Hospice.
His family ask that all who remember him with appreciation would consider making a donation, if they are able, to Trinity Hospice.
Mr McCarron leaves Vivien and daughters Kathryn and Rachel.