A TEACHER who was dedicated to his pupils and profession has sadly died at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.
Brian Schofield was a former teacher at the old Hartlepool Boys Tech, High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, and Hartlepool College of Further Education.
The dad-of-three and grandad-of-three passed away peacefully last week in a hospital in Selby, York.
Today his loving wife Lyn Schofield paid tribute to her husband saying she will miss him “immensely”.
She said: “I was with him when he died and it was very moving. It was very calm.”
Brian was born in 1946, was brought up in Bradford, and was an avid Bradford City supporter.
He went to Salford University and managed to secure a job in Hartlepool at the Boys Tech in 1969 before moving on to High Tunstall College of Science, to teach sociology and economics, and then to Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.
While teaching at the college, Brian also completed a Masters degree through the Open University and went on to became a tutor for the organisation.
Brian lived in the Park Road area up until his early retirement aged 50.
Once he retired though, he and his loving wife Lyn moved to York, and carried out their passion for travel.
Lyn, also a former teacher who has been married to Brian for 37 years, said: “He was really well-liked by his former pupils.
“Sometimes he would see some of them in the street or in a restaurant, and they would stop and chat for ages.
“They thought so much of him and he thought so much of them.
“He could be quiet, and quite liked to be in the background.
“He was very loving with his kids and he cared deeply about people and about his profession. It was never just about turning up for a job for Brian, he loved his job.”
She added: “He was a good listener..
“Brian always encouraged people to do their best. That was his nature.
“He took satisfaction when people thrived.”