Wigan teacher who "touched the lives of many" hanged himself

Ian Seddon
Ian Seddon

A Wigan-born teacher who had “touched the lives of many” took his own life, an inquest heard.


Ian Seddon, 51, was found hanged by his mum Catherine and sister, at his home in Trenchfield Mill, Heritage Way, Wigan, on August 5.

Described as a “happy soul” who was “always a delight to be around”, Mr Seddon worked as a teacher across the country for many years.

His career saw him undertake roles as head of sixth form at Chellaston School in Derby and then move to a sixth form in Leicester.

He was also vice-principal of South Sefton Sixth form centre in Bootle.

Before his death, Mr Seddon had returned to live in Wigan and worked as a supply teacher and had started teaching special needs children, something which he “loved.”

During an inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court, it emerged that Mr Seddon had struggled with depression and anxiety, although his family said they had no concerns about his mental health.

In a statement read out at the hearing, Ms Seddon said: “Ian was very well educated and had an interest in politics.

“He was a very fit and healthy man with no real health concerns.

“Ian was a happy soul, who was always a delight to be around.”

Ms Seddon, who was joined at the inquest by his sisters Karen and Andrea, told the hearing how she had last seen her son at 4pm on August 4, where they spoke about birthdays and a planned holiday in the September to Jerusalem.

He had returned home from a trip away to see a friend just days previously.

However concerns were sparked on the afternoon of August 5 when Mr Seddon failed to turn up at a friend’s house to do some painting and decorating.

This prompted Ms Seddon and her daughter to visit Mr Seddon’s home where they made the grim discovery in his bedroom.

The inquest heard how the pair discovered a note asking them not to enter the room, while he also left letters for his mum and family.

Ms Seddon said: “Ian had started teaching special needs children and loved it.He wanted to go for it.He had so much to look forward to an d will be sadly missed.”

Tributes were also paid on social media following Mr Seddon’s death.

His sister Karen wrote: “Ian was an inspiration to every single person he met, whether it be through his teaching or in his personal life. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.”

Mr Seddon has been an English specialist and Chellaston ex-pupil Sarah Elizabeth Crane said he was her “favourite teacher of all time” and “one of my true inspirations”.

Former South Sefton student Sasha Thompson added: “Ian Seddon was so helpful and supportive during my years there and put stuff in place to help with my dyslexia. I got a place at university and went on to do a masters with his help and encouragement. The world has truly lost a legend.”

In their posts, many people referred to Mr Seddon’s love of music, and in particular indie group The Smiths. It is understood that as a tribute the group’s song This Charming Man was played at his funeral.

The inquest also read out a statement from his GP Dr Andreas Gerlach, of Marus Bridge Practice, in Wigan, who said that Mr Seddon had a history of depression and anxiety.
Pathologist Dr Stephen Wells, who carried out the post-mortem, said the cause of Mr Seddon’s death was hanging.

He said low levels of alcohol and drugs were present in his system, including crystal meth, which can cause people to be on a “come down.”

But recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Rachel Syed, said: “There is no evidence on the balance of probabilities to say that alcohol or drugs would have effected his state of mind at the time.

“I’m entirely satisfied that this was suicide.”

She added: “Ian was very lucky to have such a loving family and he touched the lives of so many with the kids he helped.”

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