Tributes paid to Charles Brear

Charles Brear
Charles Brear

AN INSPIRATIONAL teacher who worked at a Bridlington primary school for thirty years has died aged 88.

Charles Brear of Avenue Court taught hundreds of children during his time at Burlington Junior School in a successful career which saw him retire as deputy headteacher.

He is equally well-known in the local community through his work with the methodist church and the Augustinians and his friends and family have paid tribute to him following his death to cancer last Wednesday.

Pete Featherstone, Mr Brear’s nephew, said: “He was very passionate about his profession, teaching is something that he was always keen to do after he left national service.

“He was a very much loved and respected brother to Betty and Margot and a wonderful uncle and I have never known anybody in a town who has known so many people.”

Born in 1923 in Addingham near Ilkley, Mr Brear signed up for national service during the Second World War and served in various countries including Palestine, North Africa and Austria.

Upon returning to Britain, he trained at Preston College of Education and took his first teaching job in Langtoft before moving to Bridlington to work at Burlington Junior School where he stayed for thirty years.

Close friend John Moorhouse of Eighth Avenue described Mr Brear as a ‘hugely talented and utterly dedicated’ schoolteacher.

He said: “His classroom was a haven of purposeful, harmonious activity in which learning was made easy.

“It was always a pleasant, welcoming place to be.

“It is scarcely surprising that he remained a much-loved teacher by his pupils, but equally so by his colleagues to whom for many he was a mentor, a guide, a source of ideas and innovation; simply the fountain of all knowledge that was, and one hopes, remains, primary education.”

Mr Moorhouse also praised Mr Brear’s work with the church and as a long-serving secretary of the Augustinians, as well as his professional modesty.

He said: “He merited ending his career as a senior lecturer in a college of education, but that would not have been the Charles Brear we all knew; the Charles Brear whose world was the classroom and the ‘chalk face’ education of young people, the Augustinian Society and the church; the Charles Brear who is going to be so fondly remembered and missed by so many of us.”

Mr Brear’s cremation takes place at Octon this morning followed by a funeral service at St John’s Burlington Methodist Church at 11am.