Dr John Long, who has passed away at the age of 57, was a teacher at Regent House Grammar School for more than 30 years and also served as vice-principal.
Principal Michael Carville led a memorial in tribute to an academic who had a great love for the place of learning, where staff and pupils respected hin in return.
He was a graduate of Queen's University Belfast who won the Waterhouse Prize for German and had first-class honours in French and German in 1981 - the year he began his association with Regent House.
He continued his own studies while teaching in the classroom which resulted in him gaining a PhD in German.
Eventually Dr Long became head of languages at the school in 1990 and accompanied school trips to the Continent to help his pupils have first-hand experience of the languages they were studying.
Many of the young people he had taught went into languages as a career because of his influence.
Dr Long, a man of faith, was also involved with the Scripture Union with whom he also went on trips. This busy academic still found time throughout his career to write personal references for many Regent House scholars.
Dr Long, a bachelor, passed away after a year-long illness.
His funeral service was in Ballymena Baptist Church and he was buried in the town cemetery.