Tributes to tragic Sunderland teacher

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an art teacher who lost his battle with cancer.

Alistair Hickman, 30, who taught at St Aidan’s Catholic School, in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, died on March 12.

A mass was held in his memory days later, attended by staff and pupils.

Today, colleagues paid tribute to Mr Hickman who they said would “never be forgotten”.

Stephen Hammond, head-teacher at the Willowbank Road school, said: “Alistair was a talented, popular and well-respected teacher.

“He was very creative, and inspired his students to express their ideas in innovative, imaginative ways.

“He was instrumental in the introduction and development of BTEC Art at St Aidan’s.

“In a relatively short space of time, Alastair has had a very big impact on our community.

“He will be missed, but not forgotten.”

Mr Hickman, who was married to Katie, was the son of Guy and Jeanette Hickman. He had one brother, Oliver, and was uncle to Libby, Euan and Fraser.

He died in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

A funeral was held at Dundee Crematorium, and donations were made to Macmillan Nurses.