A sports teacher who coached future stars including England cricket captain Alastair Cook has died.
Guy Fletcher, who was head of physical education at Bedford School died on July 27 with his family by his side.
The school’s headmaster John Moule led tributes to the popular teacher who had coached the likes of Alastair Cook, Indycar champion Dan Wheldon and retired rugby international Martin Bayfield.
He said: “Guy was a proud Old Bedfordian and a distinguished and long-serving member of the academic staff.
“His oversight of school sport has been extraordinarily successful and many owe much to his tutelage, always done with the highest expectations of sportsmanship and style, characteristics that he embodied himself in all that he did, both in and beyond sport.
“He will be hugely missed, by all elements of the Bedford School community that he has given so much to, over so many years.”
A Facebook group has been set up in memory of Mr Fletcher and more than 1,400 users have signed up to pay their respects.
One user wrote: “Guy - Fletch - had the ability to level with us yet command respect.
“He nurtured the best out of men whatever their ability, possessed the patience of Job and had an unfaltering passion for Bedford School sport.”
Another commented: “If only there were more people in the world like Guy Fletcher. He was truly passionate about the things he believed in, most notably Bedford School and sport.
“There are few people that loved Bedford School like he did.
“He also had a wonderfully positive outlook on life; that it is here to enjoy.”
Martin Bayfield, the former Bedford and England rugby player, also took to Twitter to express his sadness at his former teacher’s death.
Mr Fletcher who studied at St Luke’s College Exeter and Carnegie College Leeds, died following a long illness and had recently been admitted to hospital after suffering pneumonia. He was recently discharged and was able to go home to be with his family in his final hours.
To leave your tributes to Mr Fletcher got to Facebook and type in RIP Guy Fletcher, Alternatively you can email your fond memories to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Hayley O’Keeffe