Family devastated after calm and caring school admissions boss dies

A man who helped countless families get their children into their favorite school has died aged 65.

Martin Lowe was just four months from retirement when he died on Friday last week after nearly five decades working for Leicestershire County Council in school admissions.

He had walked to hospital after suffering from shortness of breath and within two hours was dead, said his sister, Karen O’Connell.

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She told LeicestershireLive: “We are devastated and it all feels like a nightmare.

“My brother was four months away from retirement after working for County Hall from the age of 16 on school allowances.

“During his professional career, he placed thousands and thousands of children in the school of their choice and made many parents grateful for his help.

“Since his passing on Friday we as a family have received many messages saying what a wonderful man he was and how he helped them get the school they wanted for their child and what a caring man he was. .

Martin watches Leicester City win the FA Cup last year

“Scrolling through his files, we found an article from the Leicester Mercury of an Indian doctor thanking him for getting his child into a school while working here.

“It was a story that Martin had never shared with us.

“That was the kind of person he was – a calm, caring human.”

Martin, who was a Leicester City fan, also used his expertise to serve as a governor at several schools in the county.

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