It is with great sadness that I inform you that Keith McCartney, our Site Manager, died at 4.00 a.m. this morning (Friday 3rd October) in St Anne's Hospice, Heald Green.
Many of you will know that Keith had been ill for a long time and, in one way, his passing is a relief to him and his family.
He had worked at the school for over 25 years and had served under all 3 of Cloverlea’s Headteachers.
Keith was one of the kindest men I have ever met and he was wholeheartedly committed to Cloverlea Primary School. He loved the school and the children and always had a kind word to say to them all and they loved and respected him in return.
He could never do enough for the staff and children. He would cheerfully climb trees to retrieve the children’s footballs and hoops that magically appeared on branches up high. He would offer lifts to staff if they were having trouble with their own cars. He would enjoy the banter with the children and staff over his beloved Manchester City. He would literally do anything to help out anyone facing a difficulty. On a personal note, he was always my good mate on staff nights out. We were always outnumbered by the female members of staff and felt like we needed to stick together.
All of us will miss him terribly. He is a great loss.
I will be holding a short assembly with the junior children at the end of the day to let them know the sad news. I thought it might be a little overwhelming for the younger children at this point in time.
The school will be looking for ways to celebrate Keith’s life and devotion to the school in the near future. I will, of course, keep you informed.
Our sympathies go out to Keith’s family at this difficult time.