TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former Burnham-on-Sea teacher who has sadly passed away.

Andrew Beglin was 94 years old when he died at Frith House in Burnham on Wednesday (April 23) .

A spokesperson for Somerset Care confirmed Mr Beglin's death was Covid-19 related.

Mr Beglin taught at St Andrew's School in Burnham-on-Sea for a number of years and served in the Royal Air Force in the late 40's.

Ian Cook, Andrew's nephew, paid tribute to him and described him as a 'kind' and 'popular' man.

"He lived Burnham on sea for many years and was very popular and cheerful and very well liked," Ian said.

"He also used to do after school sports, cricket.

"A lot of people remember him and speak so well of him saying how cheerful he was and a lovely man.

"He was a very active man all his life and he travelled to many countries in his life time, he loved to travel.

"He loved amateur radio, talking to people all over the world a Ham enthusiast as he learnt radio skills in the RAF.

"It really hits home that I have lost my uncle to coronavirus."

Ian said Andrew was fondly remembered by pupils at St Andrew's School and taught in India and Kenya during his career.

A spokesperson for Somerset Care, which owns Frith House, said: "We are sorry to say we can confirm that Mr Beglin has died.

"Sadly, Frith House, in keeping with many care homes nationally, has had confirmed cases and deaths related to coronavirus.

"Our thoughts are with their families at present, and we would ask you to respect their privacy at this deeply distressing time.

"Our staff team are doing a fantastic job of continuing to care for our residents in a very challenging situation, and we applaud them for their dedication."