TRIBUTES have been paid to a former school master who was once dubbed ‘A+’ by his pupils after he passed away.
Maurice Beard was well known for his time as a school master and football coach at Paulet High School, with a full page of the Burton Mail dedicated to his retirement in August 1983.
Pupils, colleagues and parents had lined up to praise the ‘legend’ and even mocked up a scorecard which gave him A+ for ‘compassion, kindness, dedication, patience and understanding’.
His son Colin got in touch to pay tribute to his father after he passed away on June 8 at the of 86.
He said: “My dad had a difficult start in life.
“He lost his mother at birth and as young boy his father lost his life rescuing bodies from the Fauld explosion.
“My dad was unofficially adopted by his aunt who became his mum.
I know he loved football from a very early age - he even saved his football shirt from Ashby Grammar School and gave it to me.
“After a year serving in the Navy as an electrician on an aircraft carrier, my dad went to Nottingham University. He graduated in history in 1952.
“ It was while he was a young student he met my mum in Branston and they fell in love - then three kids appeared on the scene –Dee, me and Jayne.
“He spent 35 very happy years as a teacher at Hillside Secondary School, which became the Paulet school. He taught maths by giving the kids fictitious sums of money, and then giving them catalogues, like the Argos catalogue, to explore and then they had to buy things and sort out their finances.
“I also remember a football magazine telling the story of Gary Stanley, then a Chelsea player. I was proud to see the section that said that asked who was the biggest influence on your life?
“The response was Maurice Beard.”
His funeral will take place at 3pm on Monday at Fradley Crematorium.
Donations in memory of Mr Beard at the service will be handed to the Alzheimer’s Society.