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St John's community mourns beloved school principal

FAREWELL: Staff and students from St John Catholic Primary School held a memorial mass for the late principal Paul Daglish. Mrs Donna Masson is pictured addressing the mass.
FAREWELL: Staff and students from St John Catholic Primary School held a memorial mass for the late principal Paul Daglish. Mrs Donna Masson is pictured addressing the mass. Christopher Chan

STUDENTS, teachers and families at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School have said sad farewell to their much-loved and respected principal Paul Daglish, after he lost his battle with cancer on Friday.

The school community gathered for a liturgy on Tuesday to pay their respects for a "beautiful man, a wonderful teacher and a great leader".

Principals from across the Central Queensland Diocese, students, staff and community members offered their prayers and condolences to the Daglish family.

Mr Daglish had integrity, and a genuine interest in people, said Diocesan Director of Catholic Education Leesa Jeffcoat.

"Paul's legacy of care and compassion will live on through the deeds of everyone whose lives he touched in such a positive way," she said.

"His dedication, ethusiasm, dynamism and love for his school community will never be forgotten."

Students and staff members of St John the Baptist offered gifts to the altar, signifying the special role Mr Daglish played in their lives.

An AFL football, shells, a pair of boxing gloves and a copy of The Sound of Music were among the items that triggered fond memories of Mr Daglish to those whoknew him.

Taking on the role of principal in 2011, the gathering heard that Mr Daglish touched many lives in the years since, continuing in the role until his death.

When diagnosed with cancer last year, he began ticking off a bucket list, including a holiday to New Zealand with his mother, and New York with his sister Annie.

Topics:  cancer, mass, st john the baptist catholic school


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