Devastated family and pupils in sad farewell to slain teacher
WHAT began as a childhood dream of becoming a teacher turned into a 40-year "passion" for Ann Maguire before she was murdered doing the job she had loved, her husband said at her funeral.
Don Maguire gave a moving eulogy to his 61-year-old wife in which he told more than 300 mourners about her "true humility" and how much she "loved teaching".
It was the first time he had spoken in public about the death of his wife, who was fatally stabbed in a classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on April 28.
Mr Maguire (62) told the mourners: "Ann loved teaching; a dream as a very young child, an ambition in teenage years, a fulfilling reality for 40 years."
Mr Maguire arrived at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Moortown, Leeds, with the couple's two daughters Emma (31) and Kerry (32).
Steve Mort, the head teacher at Corpus Christi, was among the mourners, accompanied by three pupils in school uniform chosen to represent the students who regarded their teacher as the "mother of the school".
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with Mrs Maguire's murder. The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, is expected to stand trial in November. (© Daily Telegraph, London)