Father pays tribute to a wonderful son

Kevin Leedham, Bob Leedham and Rob Leedham at Wembley for the FA Cup final
Kevin Leedham, Bob Leedham and Rob Leedham at Wembley for the FA Cup final

The father of a popular teacher who died of a brain tumour has paid tribute to his wonderful son.

The father of a popular teacher who died of a brain tumour has paid tribute to his wonderful son.

Kevin Leedhamk was just 36 when he died with his family around him at Calderdale Royal Hospital on Wednesday 12 September.

He had been diagnosed with the tumour just three months before earlier.

Mr Leedham, of Copley, Halifax, was a maths teacher and a form tutor at Park Lane Learning Trust.

Tributes continue to pour in for Mr Leedham from friends, colleagues and pupils.

His father, Bob, said that he had been overwhelmed with the response.

“As a parent you love your child more than anything in the world, and I can’t believe the amount of messages and phone calls I’ve received,” he said.

“I can’t believe how popular he was and how much he was loved.

“I’ve had one person get in touch who now lives in Germany who said she wouldn’t be where she is in her life if it wasn’t for Kevin.

“I didn’t realise what a great teacher he was.

“The response has been incredible.”

Bob said he and Kevin, along with Kevin’s brother Rob, who is also a teacher at Park Lane, went to Wembley to watch their team Liverpool in the FA Cup final earlier this year.

“The memory of that day sticks with me,” said Bob.

“He was laughing and joking and it was a fabulous day.”

Mr Leedham’s funeral will be held at Halifax Minster on Friday 28 September at 11.30am.

Hundreds of people, including family, friends, colleagues and students, are expected to attend.

Park Lane Learning Trust head teacher Steve Taylor confirmed that he school will discuss how best to celebrate Mr Leedham’s life in the coming days.

The school’s steel band will perform at the funeral on 28 September.

Paying his own tribute to Mr Leedham. Mr Taylor said: “Kevin was an outstanding maths teacher who had a briiliant, creative approach to learning.”

“He was well loved by the children who respected what he did for them.”