Tributes paid to ‘gentle giant’

Peter McCarthy
Peter McCarthy
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A HEADTEACHER who united four campuses of a resort high school has died.

Tributes have been paid to Peter McCarthy, who served as headmaster of St Mary’s High School for 16 years.

Mr McCarthy was brought up in Blackpool, where he attended St Joseph’s College, before studying chemistry at university in Manchester.

During his time there he served as President of the Athletic Union.

Following his graduation in 1963 he took a job teaching chemistry at Prior Park College, Bath – where he was later promoted to head of department and coached rugby and athletics.

In 1970 he returned to his hometown to take up the role of head of science at St Joseph’s – where he also coached rugby and athletics.

In 1975 he was promoted to deputy head, where he worked on the reorganisation of Blackpool Catholic schools.

Two years later he took up the same role at the newly formed St Mary’s High, and became headteacher in 1984 – a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

A statement on the St Mary’s website described Mr McCarthy as: “a gentle giant of Catholic Education recognised for his great wisdom.”

Outside of his work he was a Lancashire and North West hammer thrower, as well as a member of the Fleetwood Choral Society and Marton Operatic Society.

He was married to Berny for almost 50 years and is also survived by children Helen and Matthew, and grandchildren Ben, Tom, Noah and Alfie.

His funeral takes place at St Kentigern’s Church today.

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