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Garden of remembrance for school caretaker who died aged 52
1:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school has created a garden of remembrance for a much-loved caretaker who passed away four years ago after battling cancer.
Margaret Roberts, head teacher of St John Vianney RC primary school in Sutton Heath, and current caretaker, Sue Brown helped to turn a muddy, eyesore into a beautiful creation.
It is filled with flowers and benches, in honour of gardening enthusiast, Andy Pfennig, who died in 2009 at the age of 52.
Family and friends were in attendance to see the garden unveiled by his daughter, Gemma, as well as Neil Pointon, a former Everton player, the team Andy enjoyed watching with his brother, Chris.
Chris said: “Andy was a massive Everton supporter; they meant everything to him until Gemma was born. She was the light of his life.
“He devoted everything to her, and she loved him to pieces.
“Something that he always wanted was a garden for the children, but it never really came to fruition, so he would have been absolutely made-up.”
Horticulture graduate Andy’s wife, Ann, is a teaching assistant there, and his sister, Trish teaches the year six class.
Terry McFadden, the vicar of Andy’s parish, St John’s, Ravenhead, led a remembrance service for Andy, who also spent time as a green-keeper at Sherdley Park Golf Club.
It ended with blue and white balloons being released into the sky, while Z Cars, the anthem of Everton FC played out.
Trish told the Star: “It was a day for celebration, to remember Andy.
“He was a big character around here. All the children knew him and he would do anything for anyone.
“He did gardening all his life, and took pride in it, and he always wanted a garden for the school, a quite place for the children to come and sit.
“It took the best part of 12 months to do, but we’re so glad of the re
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