Tributes paid to ‘fantastic’ retired Leeds teacher

Maragaret and Stephen Longfellow.
Maragaret and Stephen Longfellow.
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A FORMER student of a retired Leeds teacher who fell 60ft to his death while walking on a mountain in Snowdonia has set up a Facebook tribute page in his memory.

Visitors to the ‘In Memory of Stephen Dennis Longfellow’ page are being encouraged to make donations to the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation.

Mountain rescue teams found experienced walker Mr Longfellow’s body close to the top on the Tryfan mountain on Friday September 4.

North Wales Police had launched a missing person appeal on Thursday September 3 after it was noticed the 64-year-old had failed to return home from a walking holiday.

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Grandfather-of-two Mr Longfellow, of Temple Newsam, was a magistrate in Leeds and former teacher at the old City of Leeds School in Woodhouse Moor and at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley.

Former Prince Henry’s Grammar School pupil Sally Ann Thompson set up the tribute page.

She wrote on Facebook: “Stephen Dennis Longfellow was a fantastic teacher who had a great sense on humour and a great ability to teach all students, he made my last year at Prince Henry’s Grammar school the most enjoyable and I will be forever grateful for his last minute advice. May he rest in peace.”

Mr Longfellow’s widow Margaret, 62, said: “I am greatly comforted by all the tributes which are pouring in from all over the world.”

Mr Longfellow’s daughter Anna, 36, who travelled back to Leeds from her home in Adelaide, Australia, following the tragedy, said: “I was always proud of my dad. But it makes me prouder to see how he touched everybody’s lives and not just ours.”

She added: “He was my hero.”