Memories of Rachel Parks
Rachel Parks, 9th May 1969 – 29th April 2021
The first time I met Rachel was in Autumn 1994 when I returned to Coquet High School to be a supply teacher, having completed my own education there four years earlier. I knew from that moment she was special, and a relationship started which was to last until her premature death in April.
Rachel was a teacher who cared about her students. On the day of her death I posted a picture of her on Facebook to inform everyone of her passing. I was astounded by the comments: “amazing lady”, “favourite teacher”, “supportive” and “great sense of humour”.
This is how she is remembered by those she has worked with over the 27 years she taught, firstly at Coquet High School, then James Calvert Spence College. She devoted her career to the children of JCSC, never desiring to work anywhere else.
Although originally from Walsall in the West Midlands, she had a deep fondness for the town and the surrounding area, making her home and raising a family within the community in which she taught. She passionately believed in this community.
Her favourite time of year was the Warkworth Show of which she was an active committee member for many years.In true Rachel style, she took the reigns in the Children’s Section. Rachel was a member of Warkworth WI, serving as committee member and Joint President. She was also an honourary member of The Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth.
During her final weeks we were assisted by the team at Hospice Care North Northumberland. Their work is invaluable and our family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to them, and donations are being asked in lieu of flowers.
Rachel was a much-loved wife, mother, daughter and friend. I, along with our son, Toby and his wife Tasha, our daughter, Lily and Rachel’s parents Alan and Elaine and the whole of our family would like to thank the community for their kind words and thoughts.
The hurt may start to heal, but a space remains in our lives.