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St Michael’s mourns loss of “loved and respected” teacher

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Mourned: Andrew Colby

A GOLD Coast Catholic school is mourning the sudden loss of a popular teacher, who collapsed during an Australian Rules game last weekend.

St Michael’s College, Merrimac, announced on Monday that teacher Andrew Colbey had died while playing for Coolangatta Masters in a match at Springwood.

The 45-year-old father was described by St Michael’s College as “a much loved and respected teacher”.

“Our community’s thoughts and prayers are with Mr Colbey’s family at this very difficult time,” the college posted on its Facebook page on Monday.

“At this morning’s assembly, we held a special prayer service for Mr Colbey. I would ask that you please keep Mr Colbey, his family and our entire St Michael’s community in your prayers. I am very grateful to our college’s chaplain, Fr Nicholas Okafor, who has offered special prayers for Mr Colbey at World Youth Day in Poland.

“Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may Your perpetual light shine upon him.”

Coolangatta Masters posted on its Facebook page: “Today one of our players suffered a fatal medical condition during our game. Our heartfelt condolences to his family members. To our teammates and the Springwood Masters, our support for each other today was what our footy is about.”

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