Tributes to much-loved headteacher Bernard Brain

December 13 2020
Tributes to much-loved headteacher Bernard Brain

Bernard, the popular former Headteacher of St Teresa's Primary, has died aged 71. Here, his friend and former colleague Alison Spurrell remembers 'a kind, compassionate and gentle man’

We are very sad to announce the death of Bernard Brain, former Headteacher of St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, who passed peacefully away on Thursday, October 29, surrounded by his family, aged 71.
Mr Brain joined the staff of St Teresa’s in 1995, following headships at St Mary’s Uxbridge and Our Lady of the Rosary, Lawrence Weston.  He stayed until his retirement in 2009.
A kind, compassionate and gentle man, Mr Brain was supportive of both his staff and pupils, particularly in times of hardship or distress.  He encouraged everyone to use and develop their talents, in whatever field they lay.  His prominent sense of humour was never far from the surface and his unique laugh could always be heard.
Mr Brain held a deeply rooted Catholic faith which impacted his whole life.  He worked hard to impart this to the whole school family and was it clear to those who met him.
Apart from his family, Mr Brain’s great loves were music and live sport.  He introduced a new piece of music each week to his pupils, choosing a composition or song from different eras to be ‘music of the week’.  He was famous for his whistling around the school – everyone always knew where he was!
He was a season ticket holder for Bristol Rovers FC and delighted in meeting his pupils there at each match.  For a retirement present the St Teresa’s staff and families paid for him to become a Life Member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, a privilege he enjoyed many times each summer.  It was a great sadness to him that he was unable to watch any live sport in the unusual summer of 2020.
Mr Brain is survived by his wife Tricia, his three children and two grandchildren.  
They are extremely grateful to the nurses and other professionals from St Peter’s Hospice and a Tribute Page has been created for those who knew him to record their memories.  
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Sam Land, the current  Headteacher at St Teresa's, said: "We were sorry to hear the sad news of Bernard Brain, headteacher of St. Teresa's 1995-2009,  passing away and we shared this with the school community.  
"We have remembered him in our prayers as a school family.”