New tributes to tragic teacher

FRESH tributes have today been paid to a young Suffolk teacher, admired by friends and colleagues, who died suddenly last week.

FRESH tributes have today been paid to a young Suffolk teacher, admired by friends and colleagues, who died suddenly last week.

Kate Talmadge died in her sleep on Thursday morning at her home in Thorney Road, Capel St Mary, where she lived with her parents.

The cause is not yet known of the 27-year-old's death, which tragically cut short a promising teaching career.

She was known and loved by many in Ipswich and Stowmarket having taught hundreds of students at Holywells High School as an art teacher before moving to a new role at Combs Middle School last September.

Parents Steve and Rachel, and 24-year-old sister Alice, last week paid tribute to Miss Talmadge, along with head teachers from the schools she taught at, saying she was a remarkable woman.

Now friends, former colleagues and those who didn't know her but her moved by the sad news of her death have also commended her personal and professional life.

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Margaret and Ian Fraser said: “As neighbours of Kate and her family we have watched Kate mature over the years from a school girl to a very talented young woman.

“We were stunned to learn of her sudden death and she will be greatly missed by so many people. Kate had so much talent and sadly her life was so, so short.

“Our thoughts and love go to her family.”

Rivah Polden, a pupil at Combs Middle School, said: “Miss Talmadge was my favourite teacher. She always said our work is good, even if it wasn't. Personally I think she influenced my life a lot.

“She had many nicknames by pupils including, Miss T. She was an amazing teacher, she didn't mind us having a laugh.

“I wish I did more things for her, and show her appreciation. I'm going to miss her SO much.”

Kristy Merchant said: “Miss Talmadge was my form teacher at Combs Middle School. Everyone in 8KT - her form class - will miss her terribly. She was a great art teacher at our school and every one will miss her.”

Paula Gooch, from Ipswich said she had only met Miss Talmadge a few times but that “she was a very nice person and good teacher, she will be missed.”

Shirley Denby, of Sudbury. coached her as an under-16 county netball player.

“She was a pleasure to work with. I was so sad to hear of her death. I know she will be sadly missed by all,” she commented.

Barb Hogger said: “What a sad story - so young. My condolences go out to the family.”

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