TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular teacher “who inspired generations to achieve”.
Colin Cameron spent more than 30 years teaching biology in Hartlepool at the High School for girls, in Eldon Grove, before moving to Brinkburn Comprehensive School.
Colin, who lived in Warkworth Drive, in Hartlepool died this week, aged 80, after a long battle with cancer.
Family and friends have paid tribute to a “gentleman of the old school” who inspired youngsters for many years.
Colin grew up on the Headland and studied at Henry Smith’s Grammar School.
He was married to Maureen, who passed away in 2002.
As well as teaching, Colin played rugby to a high standard for Hartlepool Rovers and was also a member of Durham Cricket Club.
After retiring, the dad of two, and granddad of four, joined Hartlepool Art Club and showed a keen interest in painting.
Bob Watson, who lives in Seaton Carew, said Colin was his best friend.
He said: “If ever anyone needed advice, Colin was the man to speak to.
“When people say their door is always open, for Colin it always was, no matter what time of day, he was there if you needed anything.
“He was a true gentleman and motivated everyone around him to do well.
“One woman who he taught got in touch not so long ago and asked to meet up.
“She told him that she had carried Colin’s words of advice with her throughout her life.
“That was the type of impact he had on people.”
Margaret Wiles, president of Hartlepool Art Club also paid tribute.
She told the Mail: “Members of Hartlepool Art Club very much regret the death of Colin.
“He was my tutor and then colleague at the High School and in later years he was a good friend and fellow artist.
“He will be greatly missed by many of his friends.”