TRIBUTES have poured in after a much-loved former headteacher and valued member of the community suddenly died.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Ulverston announced the death of their former headteacher Charlie Frost in a social media post.

The announcement read: "It is with great sadness that we would like to inform everyone of the sudden passing of our former headteacher, Charlie Frost.

"He was head of our school from 1978 until 1994. 

"Even after his retirement, he was a regular face in our school and an active member of our parish community.

"Please keep his family in your prayers during this difficult time.

"'May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.'"

Current head teacher of the school Laura Byrne paid her own tribute to Mr Frost and his legacy: "Charlie was a dedicated, caring headteacher. 

"He moved here from Liverpool to take on his first headship in 1978 and retired in 1994. 

"We still have staff that he employed, who even say that they owe their place at St Mary's to him. 

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"Our school has educated many members of his family and today we are fortunate to teach his lovely grandchildren. 

"There has been an outpouring of love on our Facebook page from former pupils and families that had known him. 

"Charlie's family are still very much part of our school and we feel he has left such a loving legacy."

One such comment read: "Such sad news. When we moved to Ulverston Mr Frost was the first person to shake my hand and welcome us as new parishioners to St Mary's. 

"More recently we had a great chat at the school summer fair - he was a true gentleman and family man and he will certainly be missed."

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A former pupil of Mr Frost said: "Rest in peace Mr Frost - such sad news. 

"Fond memories of him as my head teacher at St Mary's. God bless his family, friends and everyone who knew him."

Another comment read: "Such a lovely man. He will be greatly missed.

"Reunited with his beloved Brenda. Rest in eternal peace Charlie."