Strabane community mourns death of local teacher Caroline Browne

The local Strabane community is in mourning after the death of famous Holy Cross College teacher, Caroline Browne.

The former head of ICT at Tyrone Company the school sadly lost its battle with illness on Sunday, with many alumni and colleagues paying tribute to Caroline.

Holy Cross College described Caroline, who had recently retired from her post at the school, as having “total dedication and passion” for her profession.

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“It is with profound sadness that Holy Cross College recognizes the passing of our recently retired colleague, Ms. Caroline Browne,” the school said in a statement.

“Caroline (O’Connor) began her teaching career in the early 1980s at Our Lady of Mercy where she taught math and computer science to hundreds of girls.

“Later at Holy Cross she was responsible for ICT and led a hugely successful department, where boys and girls achieved top marks in GCSEs and A-levels year after year. This is largely due to Caroline’s total dedication and passion for her teaching.

“Even later, when she was sick, she fought to go to school because she didn’t want to miss her classes.

The school added that Caroline battled her illness bravely and will be remembered fondly by everyone at the school.

“Caroline fought her illness with bravery and stoicism. She did everything the medical profession asked of her and fought to stay on top of her game for a very long time.

“She retired from teaching in August 2020, but unfortunately did not have enough time to complete all the plans she had made.

“Caroline was an excellent teacher and a very charming and kind person, who left her mark on Holy Cross.

“We offer our condolences to her husband Kevin, her three daughters, extended family and friends. May his sweet soul rest in peace.

Jason Barr, SDLP councilor for the area and alumnus of Holy Cross, said Caroline always watches over her students.

“Caroline has always had the best intentions of the students at heart and it has come true time and time again,” said Cllr Barr.

“A career that spanned many years through the Lady of Mercy and then to Sainte-Croix. I am proud to have known Caroline and to have been trained by her.

“My sincere thoughts and condolences to Caroline’s husband, Kevin, and her three daughters, Annabel, Mary and Cathy, as well as to the extended family circle and former teaching staff.”

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