TRIBUTES HAVE been made after a teacher at a school in Woodley sadly died after fighting the coronavirus illness earlier this month.

Victor Browne, CO-head of year 10 at the Bulmershe School, Woodley, passed away from Covid-19 on January 21.

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Amanda Woofin, Bulmershe School headteacher, said in a tribute: "Vic Browne was a larger than life character, a very bright and colourful light in our school community.

"If I were to ask any of our students or staff to describe Vic in one word they would all say in unison, legend.

"His charisma was infectious, you would always be greeted with a big smile, a bright shirt and sometimes a terrible joke but it was this wonderful warm demeanour everybody will remember him for.

Victor Browne, teacher at Th Bulmershe School.

Victor Browne, teacher at Th Bulmershe School.

"In his work Vic always put the students first, his selfless generosity had an uncompromising belief in all that is good. He had an unwavering commitment to the students and the rest of the school community.

"He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He was a trusted face that provided reassurance to families when they needed it most.

"In school we have a quote from Nelson Mandela: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

"Vic Browne exemplified this quote. The outpouring of affection for Vic from across the community has just demonstrated the significant impact Vic has had on so many lives, not just within our school but also in the wider community.

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"His kind and generous soul will be remembered by so many, everyone has a memory of Vic Browne.

"My tribute does not truly capture the sense of loss that we are all feeling. Today we celebrate that we were privileged enough to work with him for the past eight years.

"He was a very proud member of our school and we were very proud to have him as part of our community.

"He will be remembered for the amazing person he was and who has played a unique and special role in all of our lives."