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Tributes for Belfast history teacher Lynda O'Kane who died at home

By Cate McCurry and Jonny Bell

Tributes have been paid to the teacher at a top Belfast grammar school who died at her family home.

Lynda O'Kane a history teacher and form tutor at Methodist College on the Malone Road in the city, died suddenly on Tuesday.

Mrs O'Kane, who was aged in her early 50s, is understood to have lived in the Crumlin area with her family.

She had been feeling unwell and her husband John was getting ready to take her to hospital when she collapsed.

He rang 999 and an ambulance responded immediately.

Paramedics worked on Mrs O'Kane but sadly she passed away before reaching hospital.

She was mother to three daughters, Catherine, Claire and Cara.

She has been described as a "dedicated, inspiring and brilliant" teacher.

The president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Bill Mullally, said that he was saddened to learn of the teacher's sudden death.

"I want to express the church's deep condolences to Lynda's husband and three daughters, who are all mourning her passing," he said.

"Lynda was a dedicated history teacher at Methodist College."

Hundreds have paid their respects and expressed their shock over the news of the popular teacher's death on social media.

"This is so sad, she was my teacher for GCSE, and I ended doing a degree in history due to her enthusiasm and inspiring teaching," said Lynne Wylie.

Mrs O'Kane was the form tutor and history teacher of Anne Harper, she said: "Deepest sympathy to her family."

James Currie added: "As a Collegian I came across Mrs O'Kane on many occasions. While she never taught me personally I always heard good reports of her as a teacher.

"As part of my Senior Prefect duties in Upper Sixth I was responsible for several tutor groups and she was one of the tutors. She was always as helpful as she could have been and she will be missed."

Mrs O'Kane's funeral will take place on Friday at The Chapel of Unity at Methodist College.

A death notice for the teacher said that she died suddenly at her home on August 2.

It read: "Beloved wife of John and loving mother of Catherine, Claire and Cara. Lynda will be removed from her late residence on Friday, August 5 at 10am to arrive at The Chapel of Unity, Methody College, 1 Malone Road, Belfast for a service at 11am, funeral afterwards to Ballee Cemetery, 170 Toome Road, Ballymena.

"Deeply regretted by her husband, daughters and entire family circle".

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