Sunderland teacher loses cancer battle

Patricia Hobday
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A POPULAR teacher has lost her battle with cancer.

Patricia Hobday, nee Henderson, was rushed to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital for a body scan after months of suffering from severe stomach pains.

The scan revealed the 61-year-old had cancer in her kidneys and medics dealt the devastating blow that it was terminal. Three days later the grandmother-of-two died.

Mrs Hobday, of Maureen Terrace, was well known across her home town of Seaham and also Sunderland, after devoting her life to teaching in various schools.

Her mum, Constance Henderson, 88, said: “I would like her to be remembered by all the people she taught.

“She was very kind and helpful and a very clever girl. She would help anybody with anything.”

Mrs Hobday studied teaching at King’s College in London before moving on to Durham University.

In 1972, she took up her first job teaching history at Seaham Northlea Comprehensive, which was then known as Seaham Grammar School.

She went on to teach at Thornhill School and City of Sunderland College, where she taught before she died.

Mrs Henderson said: “She was well known because of her teaching and was very good at it.

“She loved doing it and enjoyed working with the children.”

Mrs Hobday leaves behind her husband Stephen, 58, daughter Rebecca, 30, and two grandchildren aged one and two.