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School to close in tribute
5:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
POPULAR teaching assistant and mother-of-two Louise Alstowe has died from a heart attack aged 45.
Friends and colleagues from St Bartholomew’s Primary School, in Royal Wootton Bassett, as well as the Otters Swimming Club, where she was a volunteer, have paid tribute to a woman described as “a special person” who was “always smiling”.
Her eldest son Ciaran, 19, said: “She was very lovely and caring, and that wasn’t just to us, it was to everyone.”
Mrs Alstowe fell ill after returning from the gym to her home in Tinkers Field, Royal Wootton Bassett, on the morning of August 25.
Her youngest son, Niall, 16, who attends Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, raised the alarm.
She was taken to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital to be seen by heart specialists but died later that day.
Her husband David, 49, a head coach with the Otters Swimming Club, said they met as teenagers.
“Louise was a friend to everybody,” said Mr Alstowe, a lorry driver for Combined Scaffolding.
“She just wanted to make a difference, which is why she loved being a teaching assistant. She was a special, special person.”
The family have been overwhelmed by the number of condolence messages.
Ciaran, who is studying sports performance at Bath University, said: “We’re starting to realise that there are so many people that we don’t know that she helped.
“I think it shows the enormity of what she meant for people.
“There have been people bringing around dinners for me and my dad and my little brother. It makes you proud because it shows that she was loved.”
The funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday, at St Bartholomew’s Church, Royal Wootton Bassett.
The school will be closed from noon on the day to allow staff to attend and as a mark of respect.
A school spokesman said: “Mrs Alstowe was a much loved member of our team.
“She was an excellent TA, supportive and kind, always positive, always smiling, with a great sense of humour.
“She made time for people, young and old, and is greatly missed.”
Jennifer Howells, chairman of the Otters, described how Mrs Alstowe embodied the spirit of the club with her energy and enthusiasm.
She said: “She (Mrs Alstowe) will be deeply missed both as a friend and for her tremendous enthusiasm, energy and passion for the club.”
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