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Outpouring of tributes following passing of highly-respected Portadown teacher

Mrs Deirdre Kilner, pictured in June 1984, at Clounagh Junior High

Tributes have poured in for the much-loved former Portadown teacher Deirdre Kilner, who passed away on Saturday.

Mrs Kilner was a well-known and highly-respected educator at Clounagh Junior High School in Portadown, where she taught history, for many, many years.

Mrs Kilner was revered by many; her strong wit and character will be remember by many.

Paying his respects, DUP Councillor Darryn Causby, said: “A wonderful lady who impacted the lives of thousands of young people…she was an incredible teacher who was deeply respected and rightly so!

“I always enjoyed bumping into her, somehow she always remembered me and always had a kind word and wise advice (sometimes the advice was accompanied by a wagging finger).

“My sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers and with John and the family!”

Clearly known for dedication to her role, another tribute read: “This is such sad news to hear! Mrs Kilner certainly was a strong women. She was admired by many and will be remembered so much. Certainly had a found love to see children succeed and grow! Thinking of her family at this very sad time”

Whilst another read: “An absolute legend that was “Ma Kilner” – secretly adored by everyone for her humour, but took no nonsense from anyone but at the same time was so approachable if you needed her. Never forgot and remembered you by name 45 years later and would never have passed you. Such fond memories of her at Clounagh, sincere condolences to her family circle”

Mrs Kilner from Derryhale Road, Portadown, was the beloved wife of John – also a former teacher at Clounagh –  cherished mum of David, Kenneth and Richard, mother in law of Jill, Joanne and Anneka, also a much loved Granny of Matthew and Rachael.

No funeral arrangements have be released at this time.

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