MORE tributes have been paid to a Cwmbran teacher and father of four described as “a true professional with a big heart” who died following a stroke.
Huw Llewellyn, the additional learning needs co-ordinator at Fairwater High School, died on May 25, leaving behind his wife, Carol, and four young children.
Mr Llewellyn was diagnosed with cancer at Christmas and had recently started treatment, a statement on the Fairwater High School website said.
A week before his death, Mr Llewellyn fell ill with an infection and was admitted to hospital.
But after battling the infection, he suffered a severe stroke before passing away peacefully.
The post on the school website, described him as “a true professional, with a big heart.”
The posting also added that he was a “kind and compassionate man who always put the interests of the children first.”
A memorial Facebook page has been set up for people to share their memories.
The page has received more than 1,353 ‘likes’.
Friend, Alison Sherwood said: “We are hoping that the messages will offer some comfort to his wife and children to be able to read in the future of what an amazing man Huw was.”
She described Mr Llewellyn as “never too busy to listen to anyone” and “a genuine family man.”
In a posting to the page, Mrs Llewellyn said: “Our hearts are broken, but we are so proud of Huw and all that he has achieved in his life.”
Head teacher at Fairwater High School, Helen Coulson, said: “Huw had a big heart and genuinely cared for the pupils of Fairwater High School.
“He was kind and compassionate and will be sadly missed by his colleagues, pupils, parents and governors. Our thoughts are with Carol and their children at this tragic time.”
The chairman of governors at the school, Rosemarie Seabourne, added: “Fairwater High School was all the richer for having Huw as a member of the staff team. It will now be grieving with his loss.”
More than 100 messages were posted to the Facebook page, R.I.P Huw Llewellyn, from friends and staff.
Many former pupils thanked him for helping them to get through exams and for offering his support.
In her tribute, Beth Evans, described him as an “amazing” teacher, who “always made the classes enjoyable.”
Ashleigh Butcher added: “He was the nicest most happiest person I knew, and no matter what, he was always there with a helping hand.
Jack Jones described him as an “inspiration to everyone he taught in school” adding that he would “always help students whenever they needed and would never fail to put a smile on people’s faces.”