A POPULAR head of year at a Carmarthen school has died suddenly after a short illness.
Adrian Brown taught history at Queen Elizabeth High School and the former Queen Elizabeth Maridunum in Johnstown for more than 20 years.
He died on Monday afternoon, aged 44, at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where he had been admitted for tests after feeling unwell prior to the half-term holiday. He would have turned 45 next month.
Mr Brown was originally from Barry and lived in Bridgend.
Pupils were told about his death during assembly and by their form teachers yesterday morning.
The school's flag was also flown at half mast.
Deputy head teacher Allan Carter said: "The school is stunned, we are all numb at the moment and in shock and trying to carry on the best we can. You never expect to lose a colleague and our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife and three daughters."
He added: "Adrian was a true gentleman and had a good word to say about everyone.
"He began his teaching career at Maridunum in September 1992 after graduating from Cardiff University and was currently head of year 10 here at QE High.
"He did a lot of pastoral work in the school."
A book of condolence has been opened in the staff room and in the reception area for pupils to sign.
Many of Mr Brown's pupils, past and present, have left tributes on Facebook, all remembering him fondly.
One message read: "Rest in peace Mr Brown, you were the best history teacher ever, such an inspiration.
"We all loved you so much.
"RIP to an amazing guy, we will all miss you."
Several past pupils also took to Facebook to say how fun and interesting he made history and expressed how much they all thought very highly of him as a teacher.
Former Wales, British Lion and Scarlets player Roy Bergiers worked as an information technology teacher at QE Maridunum and remembers Mr Brown well.
Mr Bergiers, who retired from the school 15 years ago, said: "I remember him joining the staff as a young teacher and he was enthusiastic and taught history in a way that made it engaging and interesting to the pupils.
"He was very well liked by everyone, a real gentlemen with a quiet manner.
"His passing is a very sad loss to the school."
Over the coming days the school is expected to discuss how to honour and remember Mr Brown.