Tony McGinn died aged 52 after a three-year battle with colon cancer
Tony McGinn died on May 11 at his home in Wolverhampton after battling colon cancer for three years.
The death of the father of three has sparked a deluge of tributes, with his sister Sue Southall-Owen saying more than 2,000 condolence text messages had been sent to the family.
Ms Southall-Owen said: “We have had messages from the heads of several schools in the city, teachers, lawyers and even a message from a commander in the navy.
“There have been just so many sweet messages from many people who have known him all his life.”
Mr. McGinn was a PE teacher at St Michael’s Roman Catholic School in Penn, Wolverhampton for about 25 years, prior to working for Express and Star on Sandwell’s advertising team.
Tributes have been paid to Tony McGinn from across Wolverhampton from teachers and parents of children he taught
Mrs. Southall-Owen said her brother was a quiet man who adored his three sons Mickey, Shay and Brodey and was a very people person.
She said: “My brother was a fantastic dancer, talented footballer and a devoted father and teacher and will be greatly missed.
“He went to Middlesex University and got his teacher training and what always fascinated me about him was how he knew all walks of life and could relate to them.
“He was also a great golfer, a great footballer and a fantastic dancer and was always there for underprivileged children and people who needed help.
“He was very popular at St Michael’s School and they would have liked to close the school for a day as a sign of respect for him, which really says a lot.”
Ms Southall-Owen said her brother used his love of sports to help train young children and help them in various fields and even scouted for wolves with some success.
She said: “Many parents have said to me that he helped their child to get into sports and that he helped their child to pass a sixth grade in math because he was very good at math.
“He loved helping underprivileged children and helping them reach their potential and he scouted for Wolves, with boys from disadvantaged neighborhoods who played for the club.
“He was just a good, calm and wonderful man and he will be sorely missed by his mother Elizabeth, his three sons and all his siblings.”
The funeral will take place on June 4 at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church on Coalway Road in Wolverhampton, starting at 12.15pm, with the ceremony at Gornal Wood Crematorium.
The family has asked for donations to Compton Care.