Ipswich: Tributes paid to much-loved former Chantry High teacher Steve Page

Former Chantry High School teacher Steve Page.

Former Chantry High School teacher Steve Page. - Credit: Archant

TRIBUTES have been paid to a beloved former teacher.

Former Chantry High School teacher Steve Page died of a heart attack on Friday, aged 72.

One of his former colleagues at the Mallard Way school, Bob Cunnell, 70, today spoke of his sadness at losing “a great friend”.

He said: “My life ran very parallel with Steve’s.

“He was one of the very first people to do student teaching at Tower Ramparts School – teaching for a year before going to college. I followed him through that path into college and after college we both went straight to Chantry High School and stayed there all our careers.”

Steve started as a geography teacher and moved into teaching mathematics. As an avid non-league footballer, he also helped with PE lessons.

Bob said: “He was one of those teachers who got respect from all the students. He was very firm but very fair. Students were always very proud to be associated with his year group.”

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Steve became a house master and then a head of year and Bob particularly admired “the way he was able to have authority as a teacher and maintain his popularity with his students”.

Bob recalled winter days when, instead of sitting in the staff room, he and Steve would go snowboarding with the students.

“He and I were great friends,” he said. “I was absolutely shaken. It’s not until he’s not there, you realise you’ve lost one of your best friends.

“He was the life and soul of the party, you couldn’t find a bad word to say about him.”

Steve leaves a wife, Margaret, sons, Martin and Simon, daughter Kate, and grandchildren.

Pay your tribute. Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or leave a comment below.