Community in mourning as Aughnacloy teacher Graham loses battle against cancer

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

THE number of tributes an Aughnacloy teacher has received following his battle with cancer serve as a testament to the number of lives he changed for the better.

Graham Peters, 40, passed away on on Friday last. The father-of-three was originally from Wales but made Aughnacloy his home and taught English at Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh.

His funeral took place on Sunday, 30th July, in St James Parish Church, Aughnacloy.

Past pupils remembered him as a 'true gentleman' and someone who never gave up on a pupil.

A statement on the college's website read:"The Drumragh family is devastated at the tragic loss of the unique and wonderful Graham Peters, following his short battle with cancer.

"Our hearts go out to his family and all who have been touched by this great man."

Many of Mr Peters' former pupils took to school's Facebook page to pay their respects.

Tashia Curran said: "Heart-breaking, some people don't understand how, even years after you have left school, a teacher's passing can affect you. but when these people have made us who we are, it is hard for it not to.

Joanne Clarke said: So heartbreaking, your students will never forget you. We thank you for everything you have done for us.

"The most amazing memory is that you never gave up on your students."

Jonny Allison described Mr Peters as a man who ade education fun and interesting.

"Easily ranking as one of the best all-time teachers anywhere, he was also a true friend and a fantastic family man," he said. "Mr Peters was inspirational, he had a talent for understanding his students' needs and getting the very best out of them.

"Graham made education fun and interesting, he made it relevant and worthwhile for all young people who were lucky enough to be taught by or came into contact with him. Graham Peters changed countless lives for the better."

Mr Peters is survived by his wife Karen and three children, Ben, Joshua and Daniel. His funeral took place at St James Parish Church followed by burial in St George's Parish Churchyard, Crilly.

The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to cancer-related charities.


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