School community ‘devastated’ by sudden death of teacher who collapsed in playground

The long-serving teacher suddenly collapsed before being rushed to hospital with emergency personnel and colleagues helping at the scene of RC St Gabriel’s School in Bury

RC St Gabriel’s High School, in Bury, Greater Manchester

Staff and students alike were left in shock after the sudden death of an ‘inspirational’ deputy principal.

Mark Hargreaves suddenly fell ill during the lunch break and was quickly attended to by members of staff and the emergency medical team.

CPR was administered and he was rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care.

The long-serving teacher, who taught at St Gabriel’s RC School in Bury, collapsed in the playground on Thursday and sadly died surrounded by his family the following day, Manchester Evening News reports.

Chris Foley, Catholic executive director of St Teresa of Calcutta Academy Trust, said the “distinguished” teacher had made a difference to “so many lives and young people”.

He added: “We’re sure you’ll join us in reflecting on the difference Mark has made at St Gabriel.”

Mark Hargreaves suddenly fell ill during lunch break

The parents received a letter explaining the tragic death today.

The school released a statement saying Mr Hargreaves will be remembered as a ‘kind, compassionate and loyal colleague’ who ‘gave his best’ for the students.

The statement read: “On Thursday, our long-time colleague, Dr Mark Hargreaves, suddenly fell ill while doing work he loved and cherished.

“Emergency services were immediately called when the gravity of the situation became clear. Tragically, Mark passed away on Friday evening surrounded by his family.”

He continues: “We are all devastated by this loss and we will continue to pray for him and his family.

“Over the coming days and weeks, our priority is to come together as a community so that we can begin to grieve and heal from this tragedy. Of course, we will also be offering all possible support to Mark’s family as well. .

“When the time comes, our community will find appropriate ways to commemorate Mark’s life and the huge difference he made for so many of us.

“There are young people whose aspirations and achievements have been forever enhanced by Mark’s dedication and expertise.”

“We now ask that we all keep Mark and his family in our prayers. We will feel his loss more deeply as the days pass, so we ask for privacy, compassion and prayers over the coming weeks.

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Harold B. McConnell