A former head of infants at SS Mary and Michael school in Garstang has died at the age of 85.
Mrs Helen Sylvia Wareing, (known as Sylvia), died on April 3. Her long career saw her teaching for some 49 years, including posts at several Lancashire schools.
Sylvia attended convent school in Preston before her teacher training studies took her to London. She taught initially in Liverpool and was at the Garstang school in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where her late husband Frank, who died in 1991, was headmaster from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
Well known and respected in the Garstang community, she taught many local pupils.
Other postings included St Mary’s, Barton, Blessed Sacrament school and Talbot R.C. infants, Preston.
Although Sylvia retired from state education, she missed teaching and her pupils so much she joined the staff of Fulwood’s Highfield Priory private school, where she continued to enjoy teaching until an accident,(a fall on ice outside her home),forced her to finally retire at the age of 70.
The funeral was held at Lytham crematorium and her ashes were interred in the family grave at Claughton St Thomas the Apostle.
Sylvia had lived in Cleveleys for several years and formerly lived in Preston and Garstang. She and her husband were renowned for running a local youth band, which played when the Queen made a jubilee visit to Garstang. She was also a talented hockey player in her youth. Sylvia leaves a daughter Anne-Marie and son-in-law Frank Topping and sister Barbara. Her son Philip was killed in an accident on the A6 in December, 1996.