Ann Maguire family describe 'loving natural mother'
The family of Ann Maguire have spoken for the first time about the loss of their “wonderful” wife, mother and aunt.
Mrs Maguire’s husband Don, daughters Kerry and Emma, and nephews Andrew and Daniel Poole, told the BBC of their memories of the teacher and the “emptiness” they have been left with since her death.
Speaking before a memorial service in Leeds to celebrate Mrs Maguire’s life, the family paid their own tributes.
Mr Maguire said: “She was very special. She was the mainstay of our family, she was the centre of our family. If she had a choice she would be with us here and now and she would love the situation where we’re all together.
“Ann was a very loving, dedicated wife and a natural mother and it was her natural mothering qualities, I think, that made Ann such a wonderful teacher.”
He added: “She was a very special individual, she did the everyday things in a very special way so it made her extraordinary to people who got to know her. She was a beautiful, dedicated, hard-working individual.”
Mr Maguire described the “empty, hollow, sick feeling” he had when he went to Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds to read the tributes left there to his wife after her death. But he said the messages sent from pupils, colleagues and well-wishers had provided the family with great comfort
Daughter Emma also told of the comfort the family gained from reading messages about her mother.
She said: “We’ve so many of our own little stories and memories about mummy we’re so grateful people have shared theirs because it’s allowed us to see her through their eyes and add those memories to our own banks and have more to remember her for.”
Mrs Maguire’s other daughter Kerry added: “My mum was always there for us, she stood by us, she was our rock, she provided support and kindness and love in whatever we did. She was always by our side.”
Andrew and Daniel Poole were brought up by Mrs Maguire as her own sons after her sister Eileen’s death from cancer in 1986 at 35.
Daniel described his aunt as the “foundation” of the house and said the whole family would continue to draw on the lessons she had given them.
Andrew said: “The over-riding thing that we feel is that she’s irreplaceable. She’s irreplaceable as a wife, as a mother, as a sister, as an auntie or as a grandmother. We’ve all lost that person so there’s a definite emptiness that we’ve been left with ”
PICTURE CAPTION: Kerry Maguire reads out a statement on behalf of her family after a memorial service to celebrate the life of her mother, teacher Ann Maguire, at Leeds Town Hall.