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Tributes paid to Padiham teacher
A TEACHER who spent 25 years at the former Gawthorpe High School in Padiham has died after a short battle with illness.
Joan Cooper, 82, taught years one and two at the school after she joined in 1967, and went on to become head of those years before leaving in the early 90s.
She then got a job at the Mechanics Theatre, in Burnley, as an usherette before retiring at the age of 73.
Her husband Michael, 80, said Joan was ‘kind and considerate’.
He said: “She was always looking to help other people and thinking of other people rather than herself.
“After she retired she started giving lifts to people who couldn’t get to hospital, she would even take people as far as Christie’s in Manchester. That was the type of person she was.”
The couple, who have three children, David, Martin and Christine, moved to Padiham in 1964 and made the town their home.
They met when they were on holiday in the same South Wales village in 1952 and then married in 1955.
Michael said: “Joan was very well-known as a teacher. We would be out in Padiham and people would always be coming up to her and asking how she was.
“I remember a lot of the people she taught said she was the best teacher they had ever had, which was always nice to hear.
“After she finished teaching she got a job at the Mechanics, which she loved. She liked meeting people there and a lot of her old pupils would be shocked to see her working there.”
Joan was also heavily involved with All Saints Church, in Habergham.
She had been ill for around six months and had recently been diagnosed with fibrosis of the lungs.
“Her condition got worse a few weeks ago,” said Michael. “We went to Royal Blackburn Hospital but they said there wasn’t much that could be done.
“She came home to spend her final few days at home and Pendleside Hospice’s home care team were absolutely brilliant with us.”
Joan died at home on Wednesday, August 28.
Her funeral will take place on Thursday, at All Saints Church, in Habergham, from 11am.
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