Emotional Mourners Say Final Farewell At Funeral For Stabbed Leeds Teacher (PICTURES)

Mourners have paid an emotional farewell to the teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom, describing her “passion” for her job.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the mass to remember Ann Maguire, 61, who died after she was attacked as she taught a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, last month.

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Her husband Don, 62, who earlier arrived with their two daughters and nephews whom the teacher treated as her own sons following the death of her sister, gave a eulogy in which he spoke of his late wife’s dedication to her students.

“Ann loved teaching,” he said. “A dream as a very young child, an ambition in teenage years, a fulfilling reality for 40 years. Spanish was her subject, the pace and rhythm of modern language teaching suited her so well.

“Being head of fifth form, a great passion, because this is where the full range of her personal qualities and abilities were fully exercised. But, in true humility, she always stressed that she learned so much from others.”

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Don Maguire, centre, leaves following the funeral of his wife Ann Maguire

The funeral service at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary began with a procession of gifts brought up to symbolise the much-loved teacher’s life accompanied by Wind Beneath My Wings being played on the piano.

A number of photographs of Mrs Maguire including those of her as a child and young woman decorated the order of service and a message at the back read: “Ann’s family would like to express their deep gratitude for everyone’s expressions of love, sympathy and support.”

Mr Maguire, his daughters Emma and Kerry and nephews Daniel and Andrew, earlier arrived in two black cars at the doors of the red-brick church, where they were met by clergy.

A stream of mourners arrived ahead of them, including Corpus Christi head Steve Mort who arrived with three children from the school dressed in uniform.

Her coffin was received at the church yesterday evening when family members attended a private mass.

It was carried out of the church following the hour and 45 minute service.

White carnations on either side of the coffin spelled out “mummy” and “sister”.

Mr Maguire and his family hugged some of the 300 mourners as they followed the pallbearers out of the church, which is next door to the school where Mrs Maguire was attacked on April 28.

She died later that day in hospital from multiple stab wounds.

She had taught at the school for more than 40 years and was due to retire in September.

Tributes to the much-loved teacher have poured in from across the world. Thousands of them were placed on the railings outside Corpus Christi, stretching 100 yards from the school gates to the church next door.

Many of the messages were from current and former pupils but others were placed by complete strangers who wanted to register their sadness.

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  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following her funeral on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

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    Ann Maguire’s coffin is carried from the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Don Maguire (C) is comforted after the funeral of his wife, murdered school teacher Ann Maguire outside the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-EDUCATION-MURDER-FUNERAL

    Ann Maguire’s coffin is carried from the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Don Maguire (2nd L) is comforted after the funeral of his wife, murdered school teacher Ann Maguire outside the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Emma and Kerry Maguire leave the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following the funeral of their mother Ann Maguire on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

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    Don Maguire (C) is comforted after the funeral of his wife, murdered school teacher Ann Maguire outside the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-EDUCATION-MURDER-FUNERAL

    Don Maguire (C) is comforted after the funeral of his wife, murdered school teacher Ann Maguire outside the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following her funeral on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-EDUCATION-MURDER-FUNERAL

    Ann Maguire’s funeral cortege leaves the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Emma Maguire (left) arrives at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of her mother Ann Maguire.

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    Dom Maguire (left) arrives with his daughters Emma (centre) and Kerry at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of his wife Ann Maguire.

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    Dom Maguire (left) arrives at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of his wife Ann Maguire.

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    Dom Maguire (left) arrives at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of his wife Ann Maguire.

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    Emma Maguire (left) arrives at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of her mother Ann Maguire.

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    Corpus Christi School headteacher Steve Moat (centre) arrives with pupils at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of teacher Ann Maguire.

  • Ann Maguire funeral

    Corpus Christi School headteacher Steve Moat (centre) arrives with pupils at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, for the funeral of teacher Ann Maguire.

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    Ann Maguire’s funeral cortege leaves the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary after her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following her funeral on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following her funeral on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Kerry Maguire stands behind the hearse containing the coffin of her mother Ann Maguire following her funeral at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

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    Well-wishers arrive with floral tributes to Ann Maguire at the Catholic church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at her funeral mass in Leeds, northern England on May 16, 2014. Ann Maguire, 61, who taught Spanish, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. British police have charged a 15-year-old male pupil with stabbing to death the teacher. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Of Murdered Teacher Ann Maguire Held In Leeds

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 16: The coffin of Ann Maguire is carried out of the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary following her funeral on May 16, 2014 in Leeds, England. A fifteen year old male student has been arrested and charged with the murder of teacher Ann Maguire, 61, who died from multiple stab wounds after the attack in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

The sentiments were pinned to hundreds of bunches of flowers and other mementos including teddies, school books, football shirts, school ties and guitars.

The Ann Maguire Educational Fund has been set up in the teacher’s name “to provide bursaries and funding for the enhancement and personal development of young people under 18 years old through music, drama, language and dance”.

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