A loving grandfather of 12 and devoted teacher has died aged 87.

John Brian Hartley, known to his family and friends as Jack, died on Saturday, February 12.

A devoted member of St John's church, Jack, of Pendle Road, Great Harwood, was a well-respected member of the community.

His daughter Nikki said: “He was such a well-loved member of the family. He inspired us all.

“He was a happy man and was dedicated in his life to teaching children.

Who has been a wonderful father and incredible grandfather – they all love him to bits and we all miss him so much.”

John met his wife Pauline while he was at St John's Primary school while he was being taught by her father.

The pair fell in love and were married on December 20, 1958.

Despite originally training as a plumber, John decided to be a teacher and after passing his qualifications.

He started his career as a metalwork and woodwork teacher in 1962 at Norden High School and Sports College, now the Hyndburn Academy, in Rishton.

He remained at the school for 30 years until he retired in 1992.

He joined the governors board for St John's before moving to chair of the governors, a seat he held until he was in his 60s.

He inspired his children, Nikki, Deborah and Andrew to go into teaching, with Pauline also being a teacher in her working years.

A tribute posted on a local Facebook group saw hundreds of comments with many recalling their memories of him, calling him a ‘true motivator’, ‘amazing teacher’ and ‘real gent’.

He leaves wife Pauline, his children Nikki, Deborah and Andrew and grandchildren Natasha, Gabriella, Samuel, Rhys, Eleesha, Charlotte, Oliver, Rebecca, Toby, Joshua, James and Sasha.