‘A beautiful soul’ – pupils pay tribute to popular Preston teacher who died last week

Posted on - 19th September, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, People, Preston News
Kathryn Baron
Kathryn Baron, described by one former pupil as a “truly inspirational woman”

Hundreds of pupils have paid tribute to a much-loved teaching assistant who died last week.


Kathryn Baron worked at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Fulwood for 17 years.

She died of ovarian cancer last Thursday, after being diagnosed with the disease in December 2018.

Kathryn’s son, Matt Baron, posted the funeral details on Facebook and has since been overwhelmed with messages about his mum.

Pupils shared their memories and paid tribute to Kathryn’s “absolute heart of gold”, with many saying she was “the best teacher ever”.

Others described Kathryn as “a beautiful lady inside and out”, “a second mother to many”, “an absolute diamond” and “a beautiful soul”.

Many expressed their gratitude for how much Kathryn had done for them. 

Lucy Shields said: “What a lovely woman to be taken, forever smiling, she had not one bad bone in her body. She honestly held me in my last years of school.”

Declan Watkinson said: “I can’t believe it, she was such a nice woman, always tried her best and helped everyone. She was soo funny as well, she helped me bare. I thought she was the soundest teacher me, I had so much respect for her.”

Conor Aiton said: “You will be missed by many Miss Baron, thoughts go out to all of her family. God has gained a truly inspirational women who helped many.”

Amy Waddington said: “The most special lady anyone could ever meet! Had a space in her heart for anyone, always had a smile on her face even when the kids at Corpus used to do her head in! My heart breaks just looking at the pictures of us from school!”

The funeral will be held on Friday 27 September at 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Ribbleton.

Matt has extended an invitation to his mum’s former pupils, saying: “She would have loved to have had her kids from Corpus at the funeral.”

Did you know Kathryn? Leave your own tribute in the comments below.

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