A TEACHER has lost his battle for life after being knocked down by a Smart car.
Dad-of-two Stephen Tose was returning home from a night out with friends when he was hit as he crossed a road, and suffered head injuries.
He was head of drama and English at Hetton School, where he had taught for 33 years.
The 57-year-old died after fighting to stay alive in hospital for 11 days, leaving his family devastated.
His brother John, 47, said: “The main quality that Stephen had was that he was an amazingly approachable person.
“He touched a lot of people and he affected a lot of people’s lives positively.
“He was always the person that people sought advice from and a very genuine person.
“He was interested in other people, and it wasn’t just for show.”
Originally from Yorkshire, Mr Tose had been out on December 3, celebrating Leeds United’s victory over Millwall when the fatal crash happened in High Heaton, Newcastle.
On the day of his death, businesses in Hetton closed at 3pm as a mark of respect.
Mr Tose was also a keen cricketer, playing for teams in Northumberland and Jesmond.
He leaves sons Ethan, 10, and Harrison, seven, their mum Beverley Knight, brother John, sister Gill, 54, and mother Doreen, 79.
John said the family been moved by hundreds of tributes left by former pupils and well-wishers on a Facebook page set up in Mr Tose’s memory.
He added: “He loved the North East and enjoyed being a Yorkshireman in the company of people from the North East.
“He was also a loving father of his two sons and a patient family man. He loved being with his family and talking about his family as they were really important to him.
“They had a lot of special times together.”
A post on the school’s website reads: “As many of you will be aware, Mr Tose was in a road traffic accident two weekends ago. He did not suffer and died peacefully.
“Mr Tose worked at Hetton School for 33 years and will be deeply missed. Our condolences go to his family.”
Former pupil Deborah Johnson, 27, said: “Not only was he a truly fantastic teacher, he was someone that so many of his pupils, past and present, would class as a friend.
“He kept in touch with me way beyond my school days, and was always there with advice and support whenever I needed it.
“He got to know me and my parents really well, and his encouragement was a big factor in me choosing the career path I did – something I will always be grateful for.”