Michael Newton: ?– [Heath 1973–?]

Michael Newton, who became a teacher at Heath in 1973, died on

His funeral was held on at 11.15am at St James's Church, Mytholm, Hebden Bridge.

Don't worry if you could not make it to the funeral. We will also be holding a very special ‘Michael Newton Memorial Celebration’ at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on in the afternoon — full of music, poetry, eulogies, laughter and fun. Please put this in your diaries now.

Although Dad was not in any way religious, the church was an important part of his family life, it being attached to our primary school; so it was the venue for many formative concerts of mine and Heather’s; also it was where I sang in my first choir, where Stacey and John got married in 2000 (and Janine, Dad’s ‘adopted 4th daughter,’ to Rob in 2010) and Mum has for decades been a very active member of the church; so it seemed a fitting (and, importantly, spacious enough!) venue, close to the family home, to celebrate Dad’s life. Parking isn’t easy though; so do consider car-sharing or public transport if you can.

Family flowers only please; donations can be made to Marie Curie UK through Robertshaw Greenwood Funeral Directors in Hebden Bridge.

For those wishing to send cards, Mum’s address is Great Gable, Off Savile Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6ND.

Thank you again for all the love and support you have all shown the whole family. It is truly helping us through this very difficult time. Dad was so overwhelmed and delighted by the amount of well-wishes before he died. We are so very proud of him.

Please do share all this information with those you think would like to know. I am certain I will miss important people, so all help getting the word out is very welcome. Thank you.

Kirsty Doody