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Tim lived life to the full - tribute to Winwick teacher one year on
12:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
IT has been a heart-breaking year for the wife of Tim Oakes, who was killed when a plane heading for the Everest region crashed in Kathmandu.
One year on, his wife, Angela Gaunt, from Winwick, paid tribute to a man who has touched so many people’s lives without even realising.
Angela said: “Tim lived life to the full and will always be remembered as a man who gave so much to everyone who knew him.
“He was a modest and decent man who would struggle to understand the impact he has made on those around him.
“He just wanted the best for people and enjoyed being with his friends and colleagues.”
Tim Oakes, aged 57, was one of 19 people who died on September 28, 2012, when the Dornier 228-202(k) aircraft crashed shortly after setting off from Tribhuvan International Airport The keen mountain walker, who worked at Lancashire County Council as a secondary school advisor, was on his way to fulfil one of his lifelong dreams of climbing to Everest base camp but sadly never made it.
Angela said: “As a family, we have been overwhelmed by the support shown from friends, neighbours and previous colleagues in Lancashire.”
“Tim has clearly left his mark on many pupils and professional within education.”
Burscough Priory Science College has paid tribute to the father of one by renaming the inclusion centre, the Tim Oakes centre of Excellence.
Pendal Vale High School has also created an award in his honour which will be awarded to the most improved pupil at key stage three.
Later this year, a sports centre at Hothersall Lodge is due to rename a climbing wall after Tim.
Angela said: “As the anniversary of Tim’s tragic death is upon us, I would like those who knew him to raise a glass and say cheers to him on September 28.
“We cannot see you or touch you, but you are deep in our hearts forever. Rest is peace Tim, trek the hills and be free.”
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