‘Very special’ way to remember teacher

LOVING TRIBUTE: The family of Liam Steer with the bench they had made to commemorate his life.
LOVING TRIBUTE: The family of Liam Steer with the bench they had made to commemorate his life.

The family of a teacher who died from a heart attack last year have expressed their happiness at the placing of a memorial bench in one of his favourite Sudbury spots.

Liam Steer, 27, collapsed while teaching a class in Krabi, Thailand, a year ago. His death was thought to be connected to Marfan syndrome, a hereditary condition he suffered from.

Mr Steer was a former Sudbury Upper School pupil and had lived in Thailand for six years, teaching in Bangkok and becoming head of English at the Chokchai school as well as meeting his girlfriend Bee.

On Friday, a bench with a plaque commemorating Liam’s life was unveiled at The Mill Hotel by his family.

Jan Carrigan, Liam’s mum, said: “Having the bench there is very special, as it’s where Liam and I used to sit on a Sunday afternoon with our lunch, watching the world go by and putting the world to rights.

“Liam was cremated in Thailand and his ashes were scattered out at sea just as the sun was rising, which meant that there has been nowhere for us to go and mourn him, which I have found very difficult.”

He had formerly lived in Glemsford as well as Abbey Road in Sudbury, and had played in a band with Lee Dunford, the Sudbury musician commemorated by the LeeStock music festival.

Liam’s brother Aaron, who lives in Sudbury with his partner Katherine Darrell, added: “I am pleased to have a place to remember Liam in such a lovely location.

“He would have loved to sit there and ponder his next adventure.”

Mrs Carrigan and her husband John travelled from their home in Bournemouth for the unveiling on Friday, while Liam’s sister Sheree Lines also made the trip from Longstanton, near Cambridge.

Mrs Carrigan added: “Liam was a very special person, who made such a big difference to all the students that he taught.”