Staff and students of Trinity Academy in Thorne have been paying tribute to guitar teacher Paul Piercy, who, sadly, passed away recently.
Principal Jonathan Winch said: “Mr Piercy was an inspiration to so many of us. He gave so much, and loved the students he taught and played alongside. His warm-hearted generosity made him a big figure in our school and throughout the community. We are the richer for his fellowship with us. We extend our sincere condolences to Paul’s wife, Denise, and his son, Alex, a former Trinity student, and to the wider family, which includes both staff and students at Trinity.”
Mr Piercy’s loved ones have opened up a funding page in his memory, and many Trinity Academy students and staff have already donated.
Two of Mr Piercy’s students have created musical tributes to him:
Year 10 student Billy Astill, a talented musician who arranges and writes his own music, has shared this extraordinary musical tribute to Mr Piercy on his YouTube channel.
Year 8 student Lexi Gray has produced a moving video, which features images of Mr Piercy accompanied by Lexi playing ‘Allegretto’, one of the pieces that she had been working on for the Grade 3 exam that she’d been due to take earlier this month.
Meanwhile, other students and staff have shared fond memories of Mr Piercy, which include the following:
“I first met Paul properly when he started working at Trinity and taught my son, Daniel. There are people you meet in life who you feel you have known forever and Paul was one of those wonderful people. Over the years he became a good friend; we attended gigs together and went to see him perform in a couple of his many bands. He was the most amazing musician, with a passion for music which he passed onto his students. He was never without a smile and was an absolute joy to know. My family are all going to miss him so much.”
“A lovely man, who was so happy and funny and made every lesson fun. I looked forward to my lessons and he taught me a lot in his short time of teaching me from the start of the year.”