Tributes have been paid to Gareth Parry, a deputy headteacher at Ysgol Friars in Bangor, who collapsed and died suddenly last night.

Mr Parry, 40, who has been deputy head at Friars since 2007, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd after collapsing at the Arfon tennis centre in Caernarfon last night (Wednesday) but he later died.

A post on the Ysgol Friars Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) Facebook page read: “It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of Mr. Gareth Parry, Deputy Head.

“My family and I are shocked and deeply saddened at the news, still finding it hard to believe and digest.

“We will always think of Gareth as a wonderful human being and an exemplary teacher and mentor to our children.

“Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.”

Ysgol Friars headteacher, Neil Foden, said: “Gareth was a brilliant deputy headteacher who made a huge contribution to the successful school which Friars is today.

“He was one of the kindest men I have ever met and one of the best friends I have ever had. His passing will leave a huge hole in so many people’s, lives inside and outside of school.

“Many pupils will remember the support, advice, time and kindness he showed them when they needed it most and his colleagues will also remember his kindness, along with his boundless enthusiasm, humour and patience.

“People often say no one is indispensable but he is the closest to irreplaceable, as both a friend and a colleague, that I could ever think of and our lives, personally and professionally, will be diminished by his passing.”

Mr Parry leaves a wife and two young children and his family have asked for complete privacy at this time.