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Tributes paid to fondly remembered teacher at Ballymena Academy


Tributes have been paid following the passing of much-respected local lady Heather Coleman, a former teacher at Ballymena Academy, who taught science at the school for almost 40 years.


Mrs Coleman passed away peacefully on 30 November 2022 after a long illness.


In a statement a spokesperson for Ballymena Academy said:


"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Heather Coleman. Heather was appointed as a member of staff in September 1970, teaching Junior Science and Chemistry until she retired in 2007.



"Heather was a much-loved and valued colleague, and a conscientious teacher. She had a long association with the school having attended it as a pupil, teaching in the Science department and as a parent.


"We pass on our sympathies to her husband Sam, son Robin, daughter Catherine and the whole family circle."


Past pupils and colleagues have posted online tributes to the fondly remembered teacher:


"I was sorry to hear about Mrs Colman’s passing, she was a super teacher, who had a great sense of humour and was a very kind person. Praying for her family in these days." – Barbara Morrison



"A lovely lady and much valued colleague

My condolences to all the family." – Catherine Simpson


"I'm so sorry to hear this, she was such a lovely person and great teacher, my thoughts and prayers are with her family." – Stephanie Allen


"So sorry to hear this. Wonderful lady and teacher. Glad I met her and was taught by her. Thoughts and prayers are with the family." – Christine Taylor



James Henry Funeral Services published the Mrs Coleman's Funeral Notice:


'30th November 2022, peacefully at Prospect Private Nursing Home, after a long illness, late of 155 Dunminning Road, Glarryford. Dearly loved wife of Sam, loving mother of Catherine and Robin, dear mother-in-law of Rob and Kim, devoted grandmother of Sam and Frazer, Robbie, Amy and Ross and sister of Mary, Maud and the late Alex.


'House and funeral private.


'Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, may be sent to James Henry Funeral Services 100 Broughshane Street, Ballymena BT43 6EE for Cystic Fibroses Trust.


'Lovingly remembered by her husband, family and family circle.'





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