Memories of Rachel Parks

Posted on 28th May 2021 | in Community

Rachel Parks, 9th May 1969 – 29th April 2021

Rachel Parks.   Photo by Dru Dodd

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.
Ian Parks

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One thought on "Memories of Rachel Parks"

  1. Catherine Dowlen says:

    The Warkworth Show committee owe Rachel a huge thankyou for her work. Even last year when she wasnt well every few weeks, she continued as Entries Officer. We also need to say a big thankyou to you Ian and your children who gave so much support.
    Sending my best wishes
    Catherine Dowlen

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