Roma mourns passing of iconic teacher Martine Waldron

Martine Waldron, 1965 – 2016.
Martine Waldron, 1965 – 2016.

THE community of Roma has been left shocked by the sudden passing of schoolteacher Martine Maree Waldron earlier this month.

An iconic schoolteacher and mother of three, Ms Waldron tragically lost her battle with cancer and passed away surrounded by her family on June 5.

Daughter Bridgette Waldron said her mother would always remain a fighter.

“She was a fighter, she fought to the very last second and put everybody else before herself,” she said.

Born in March 1965 to Barry and Eileen Hann in the town of Moree, New South Wales, Martine learnt of the rewards and opportunities that came from hard work, study, dedication and goal setting during her early schooling years – something she carried with her for the rest of her life.

Martine’s passion for teaching grew with her first job at Pomona State Primary School, where she spent time teaching between Pomona and Morayfield Primary Schools before returning to her country upbringing in Roma.

It was here she met the love of her life, Darren Waldron, and proceeded to settle down with her family of Darren, herself, Bridgette, Danyon and Kurt.

Bridgette said her mother was well known for her involvement with sport, both in and out of the family.

“She was always running around, getting us to different events and organising school sports,” she said.

In her teaching career at Roma State College, Martine had a wonderful bond with the students she taught, offering all her students a listening ear, and most importantly a kind heart that supported countless students through many struggles.

Bridgette said Martine always had a passion for encouraging student participation in sport, evident in her commitment and involvement in sport at both a school and community level.

“She knew everyone through sport, by watching my brothers play cricket and by being around sport in general,” she said.

Bridgette said her mother would be dearly missed by the community and her family.

“Martine was a ‘do-er’; in fact, there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her kids, her family, her friends, or her community.

“Her legacy, her strength and her character will live on in all of us.”

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