Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards judge is remembered
Tributes have been paid to a retired teacher who helped in judging the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Education Awards between 2015 and 2019.
A funeral service for Sue Coleman, who taught children with learning needs and disabilities at a school in Boston for nearly 14 years, took place last Wednesday.
Lauren Coleman, one of three daughters and a granddaughter who survive Mrs Coleman, said: "It was Mum’s life ambition to work with children.
"She was passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
"We are so proud of what she achieved and our mum was the light of our lives.
"She was so kind, caring and selfless, always had a smile on her face and her laugh was infectious.
"Her passing has left a gaping hole in all of our lives that will never be filled and we will always miss her."
Fellow judges of the Education Awards to also pay tribute included Coun Judy Stevens, parish and South Kesteven District Council member for Deeping St James.
She said: "We all lament the passing of Sue as, until last year when we last judged these popular awards, Sue was an enthusiastic and lively educationalist who was delighted to give her time to these valuable awards."
Chief Supt Chris Davison, area commander for local policing in South Holland, Boston, East Lindsay and the Wolds, said: "I worked with Sue on the Education Awards for several years and I really enjoyed and respected the input that she gave to the,
"She was a boundlessly enthusiastic, hugely experienced and a very committed colleague.
"I wish to express my sorrow at the loss of Sue and my thoughts are with her friends and family."
Another judge, Nigel Burch, economic development and inward investment manager for South Holland District Council, said: "As one of the judges, and on behalf of the council, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Sue’s family and colleagues
"She will be sorely missed."