Tributes as brave Shields teacher loses cancer battle

POPULAR TEACHER ... Alan Brooks-Tyreman.
POPULAR TEACHER ... Alan Brooks-Tyreman.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving South Tyneside teacher after he lost his fight with a rare form of cancer.

Alan Brooks-Tyreman, 48, worked at Harton Technology College in South Shields for 25 years.

He felt ill after returning from work one day in March and spent the next four months in Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, battling germ cell cancer choriocarcinoma.

He passed away at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle on Monday, August 19.

His funeral was being held today.

Wife Susan, 47, also a teacher, said: “Harton was his first teaching job and he just stayed there.

“He was really committed to the school and the students and had really good teamwork within the school. He made some very good friends. He would have stayed there until he retired.”

The couple lived in Ryton, Gateshead, with their nine-year-old daughter, Poppy, and their son Frank, 19, who is studying maths at Loughborough University.

Mr Brooks-Tyreman graduated from Loughborough, where he met his wife of 24 years, with a degree in history in 1987.

They returned to her native North East, and he completed his post-graduate certificate in education at Newcastle University.

Mrs Brooks-Tyreman said: “He absolutely loved history. He had a really genuine interest in the subject. He was a brilliant teacher. He had a unique way of teaching, and the kids responded to it really well.”

Mr Brooks-Tyreman taught history at Harton Technology College, in Lisle Road, Harton, where he was also director of student performance. He also wrote a number of textbooks and revision guides.

His wife added: “Alan was a very intelligent person, a very academic person. He had such a rounded knowledge of everything.

“He was really interested in current affairs and politics, and when Harton became a sixth form, he taught A-level politics and A-level history.”

Mr Brooks-Tyreman had been away with his family and the school shortly before he became ill.

Mrs Brooks-Tyreman said: “After a few days at home he was admitted to hospital and it was discovered he had cancer.

“The staff at the Freeman, the nurses and his consultant, Dr Ashraf Azzabi, were brilliant and did everything they could.

“He had chemotherapy with the aim of curing him, because germ call cancer can be cured, just unfortunately not for Alan.

“He was stoic. He went through the most horrendous treatment and was dignified the whole time. He was really brave.”

Away from teaching, Mr Brooks-Tyreman was a devoted family man who enjoyed reading, music, film, theatre and fishing.

The family would like to thank the Freeman Hospital (Northern Centre for Cancer Care) and the Marie Curie Hospice for all the care and support they gave Mr Brooks-Tyreman.

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