Ormskirk Church of England Primary School

Ormskirk headteacher John Rowlands "took his own life," inquest hears

An Ormskirk headteacher who was found dead at his school took his own life, an inquest heard.

Peter John Rowlands, head of Ormskirk Church of England primary school, passed away in July to the shock of the local community.

An inquest into his death was held on October 21, with the coroner ruling that Mr Rowlands took his own life.

Mr Rowlands, a keen cricketer, was married to Krista and had a teenage son, James.

At the time of his death hundreds of people paid tribute to the community stalwart.

Christ Church Primary School head teacher Barbara Stevens, St Michael's Aughton Primary School head teacher Fiona Cottam and John Rowlands at Ormskirk Primary School

Ormskirk Cricket Club said in a statement: "John was a highly respected headmaster of Ormskirk CE Primary School and a very popular active member of Ormskirk Cricket Club. His passion with the Junior section at the club was second-to-none.

"John was a Junior Team Manager for several years and his enthusiasm for engaging the young children in sport was of paramount importance to him. Without doubt John helped hundreds of children, throughout the district, not only enjoy cricket but learn some very important life skills.

"For those of you who knew John, I am sure you would agree it was his aim that these youngsters should have direction and be involved in sport from an early age, something that I am sure many of today’s cricketers can applaud.

"John will be sadly missed by all members and by his many friends at the club and our very deepest sympathies go to his wife Krista and son James at this very difficult time."


Interesting facts:

Halsall is a village and civil parish in West Lancashire, England, located close to Ormskirk on the A5147 and Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The parish has a population of 1,921 and covers an area of 28.31 square kilometres. The church and much of the village stand on a...

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