TRIBUTES have been paid to well-known local teacher Alan Hague who has died at the age of 81 at Willow Bank Residential Care Home, Hadfield.
Alan taught at All Saints’ School, Dukinfeld, and after retiring became a technician in the woodwork department at Copley High School.
He taught technical drawing in the days before IT and sometimes helped out with games lesson as he was a keen sportsman.
In his youth he played water polo and also mixed hockey for Cheadle. He was also a keen runner to keep fit.
Though born in Dukinfield, Alan spent most of his life in Stalybridge, living for many years on Huddersfield Road.
Alan was also a familiar figure in local amateur dramatics starring in many productions for St Paul’s Players, Stalybridge.
Alan leaves wife Janet, daughters Christine, Nichola and Suzanne, stepsons Graham, Paul and Keith, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Janet added the family were touched with the tributes which were paid to Alan on the Stalybridge Town Facebook site.
Here are a selection of the comments:
Jim Corrigan: “Taught with Alan for 15 years and he had a smile on his face every day at that time. Always saw the best in people and situations. Terrific guy.”
Ian McCarm: “A great guy. I taught with him for six years and particularly remember training for the 1985 Tour of Tameside with him. He was 20 years older than me, but still beat me easily.”
Steven Clegg: “Alan was a true legend – teacher, craftsman, thespian and athlete. Spent many times with him…he will be sadly missed.”
Deborah Boutty: “I remember Mr Hague from Copley. He was such a patient teacher. I still have the perspex puzzle game I made in his class almost 30 years ago. I learnt so much in his classes.”
Mark Healey: “Played hockey with him in the 80s and many running events. Great man and always so positive.
“I remember on the Tour of Tameside he was way ahead of me. He finished the race then came back to help me along the last three or so miles to make sure I finished.”
Colin Rotherwell: “Mr Hague, top teacher, lovely man, still using tech drawing skills he taught to this day.”
Anne Boshell: “Remember him in the Mikado, lovely man.”
Richard Eades: “Sad news, he was one of my favourite teachers.”
Clive Pimlott: “I’m very sad to hear this very sad news. Alan was a lovely man and I really enjoyed playing hockey with him for many years.”