Tributes to a fine musician
PUBLISHED: 16:59 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 22:30 28 May 2010
PAUL Caller, the inspiration behind many musicians at the Neale-Wade Community College for more than 20 years, has died after a long illness. Tributes to the 57-year-old head of the March school s music department were led by principal Tim Hitch and vice-
PAUL Caller, the inspiration behind many musicians at the Neale-Wade Community College for more than 20 years, has died after a long illness.
Tributes to the 57-year-old head of the March school's music department were led by principal Tim Hitch and vice-principal Gordon Thorpe.
Mr Hitch said: "Neale-Wade has an enviable reputation for music and that this is very much down to Paul's dedication and hard work. He was a fine musician and excellent keyboard player."
"The college is mourning his passing but also working around his loss. He is a very difficult person to replace.
Mr Thorpe said: "Paul Caller was a modest man with a massive talent, who was a wonderful person to work with. He inspired generations of musicians in March and will be sorely missed.
"He fought a very brave and sustained fight against illness, maintaining his spirit and sense of humour throughout.
A devoted family man and accomplished sailor as well as musician, Mr Caller, who lived in Wimblington Road, March, had been off work for almost a year after falling ill. He died at Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough, last Wednesday.
He studied music at Bristol and Reading Universities and moved to March from Harlow, Essex, in 1978, teaching at the Hereward School, moving to Neale-Wade after the Hereward's closure in 1983.
Mr Caller's funeral will take place at St Peter's Church, March, next Friday (January 26), starting at 11am, followed by cremation at Peterborough at 1pm.
A book of condolence has been opened at Neale-Wade and student musicians from the school will play at the funeral.
Donations in his memory will be for the Sue Ryder home, Thorpe Hall, and can be sent to Turner and Sons funeral directors in City Road, March.