A LIVERPOOL school has revealed plans for a permanent memorial to much-loved caretaker Brian Collins who collapsed and died while gritting its playground.
The permanent tribute will be established at St Teresa of Lisieux primary school, in Norris Green, in honour of Brian Collins, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest while tackling the snowy grounds of the school on January 18.
His funeral on January 29 took place on the day Brian, affectionately known as “Mr Brian” by pupils, was supposed to have had a potentially life-saving transplant using a kidney donated by Sue, his wife of 33 years.
Now the school has unveiled its intention to ensure the memory of the dedicated 57-year-old, who would fit his duties around his daily dialysis, is never far from pupils’ and staff’s minds.
Brian lived next door to the school and headteacher Helen Underwood said his memorial would be a new bench close to a new amphitheatre and memorial garden being completed by September as part of a major revamp of the school.
She said: “The bench will be in Brian’s name and be used by pupils visiting a quiet area. It will be next to a memorial garden and it’s important the children have somewhere they can say a quiet prayer.
“We do still think Brian will walk round the corridor and when a job comes up think ‘Brian could have sorted that’.
“He was just a lovely, cheerful man and was thought of like a grandad by the pupils.
“Everyone in the school found him so welcoming.”
The gesture follows pupils at the school forming a guard of honour at Brian’s funeral at St Philomena’s RC church, in Fazakerley.
The school also closed as a mark of respect to Brian, who worked at the school for seven years, and former colleagues placed items symbolising the renowned handyman such as his keys on his coffin.
The school intends to have a memorial service for Brian in mid-September and have invited his family to attend.