School pays tribute to cruise death teacher

Andy Esslemont.
Andy Esslemont.

Friends, family and colleagues of a popular ex-school teacher have been left shocked by his sudden death.

Andrew Esslemont died 
of a suspected heart attack whilst on a holiday cruise, aged 58.

Andrew was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and studied in Nottingham, beginning his first teaching job there in 1978.

In 1980 he moved back north to Harrogate to be close to his fiancee Anne and they married in 1981.

He later moved to the area to work at Heysham High School and in 1987 became Head of French at Morecambe High, staying there until his retirement in 2010, although he still worked for the school as an exam invigilator.

Apart from his teaching, Mr Esslemont was an enthusiastic singer who 
fronted the staff band at various 
assemblies and events.

He also organised the 
annual school trips to Le Touquet in France, which many students will remember fondly.

John McNaughton, head teacher at Morecambe Community High School, said: “Andy was a good professional who was passionate about getting his job right and making a difference for students.

“He was very well liked by students and staff alike. It was very upsetting for all at the school that he has not been able to enjoy the long and eventful retirement he deserved.”

He is survived by Anne, sons Thomas and Harry, and granddaughter Lily.