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Hundreds line streets to pay respects to inspirational Islington teacher Tracey Wilson

Final farewell to teacher killed in accident: ‘She drew the vulnerable, the sad, the ones in crisis’

25 January, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Courtney Wilson, Tracey’s son, and his partner Yolanda lead the parade

HUNDREDS lined the streets to pay their respects to an inspirational teacher and mother killed in a shock road accident.

Tracey Wilson – a lead learning mentor and safeguarding deputy at City of London Academy Islington – died in hospital two days after the accident in Hornsey High Street, near her home, on December 29.

On Friday, mourners following a horse-drawn carriage carrying her coffin paused at the spot where the 55-year-old died and gave a cheer in her memory.

At the service in Holy Innocents Church, in Hornsey, Ms Wilson’s son Courtney said: “I was
amazed by how many people turned up.

“It goes to show how popular mum was and how much of an impact she had.

“It proves that her legacy was powerful and it’s going to live on.”

He told the Tribune afterwards: “Every moment I was up there I was gaining more strength. Time seemed to slow down and it felt like something was taking over.”

Mr Wilson carrying his mother’s coffin into the Holy Innocents church

He said the family had found instructions from Ms Wilson in her house describing how she would like her funeral to be arranged.

Mr Wilson said: “She always taught me that everything will look better in the light. When
days are getting too stressful, you just have to get your head down and take it day by day. I miss her, but I know she’s helping us through this pain now.”

Courtney and Tracey 

Ms Wilson had worked at the school, formerly Islington Green, since 1999.

The wake was held at the Royal British Legion in Muswell Hill.

Mr Wilson said: “I think I was the last person to leave.

“Mum loved a boogie so I got up and had a little shindig for her.

“She has done so much for so many people. This was her day.”

Inspirational Islington teacher Tracey Wilson

Tracey’s brother, Steven Wilson, said: “All she ever wanted to do was teach children. She loved those children and I know they loved her too.”

Tina Sharp, who worked with Tracey for 20 years, said: “Tracey was loved and respected by so many students, parents and staff. Tracey was like a magnet.

She drew the vulnerable, the sad, the ones in crisis and those who just wanted a chat to her.”

Michelle Collins, a former Islington Green teaching assistant, said: “She helped so many students who would not have made it through school without her.

“I feel so sorry for the children who will not have her influence in their life.”

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