Funeral of ‘inspirational leader’

Jeff Emmett, the former head of English at Cardinal Allen
Jeff Emmett, the former head of English at Cardinal Allen

The funeral is to held this week of a popular former Fleetwood teacher who has died at the age of 64.

Jeff Emmett, the former head of English at the town’s Cardinal Allen Catholic High School, died at Trinity Hospice in Bispham, on Friday November 13.

His funeral takes place at the Sacred Heart Church, Thornton, on Friday at 12pm, followed by a private cremation. All those who wish to pay their respects are welcome to attend the church service.

Mr Emmett began his career as an English teacher at Baines School, Poulton, in 1973 before moving to before moving to what was then Larkholme High School in Fleetwood, four years later.

After a highly successful spell at Gawthorpe County High School in Burnley, where he was promoted to head of English for the time and quickly improved exam results, he joined Cardinal Allen in 1992. He remained at the Melbourne Avenue school until his retirement in 2009. Cardinal Allen has sent its condolences to Mr Emmett’s family.

A stirring eulogy which the school’s head teacher, Phil Mooney, first gave upon Mr Emmett’s retirement six years ago, has been posted on the Cardinal Allen website in tribute to the much-loved teacher.

Speaking of a “wonderful colleague”, Mr Mooney said: “Jeff proved to be a flexible, tolerant as well as an inspirational leader. He developed the standards of English teaching among members of the department team to the point where the department has gone on to enjoy an enviable reputation among other English faculties.”

Mr Mooney said the mysteries of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Hardy may have perplexed many students but Mr Emmett had managed to instill in his students a lifelong love of literature.

Mr Emmett was also a noted basketball coach.

He leaves wife Susan, children Simon, Rebecca and Charlotte and grand-daughters.