School mourns loved teacher
IT should have been a day of new beginnings for Warwick school teacher Jane Ezzy, instead it ended in tragedy.
The 23-year-old newly-married teacher was just hours away from finalising the purchase of her first home when she was killed in a car crash at the Eight Mile intersection yesterday morning.
Mrs Ezzy had been travelling from the Toowoomba home she shared with her husband Stuart to work at Assumption College Warwick when the crash happened.
Yesterday grief-stricken staff and students at the Locke Street college described the loss of the popular drama, SOSE and English teacher as “devastating”.
Assumption College principal Peter Moloney said Mrs Ezzy had been an outstanding teacher, describing her as “vibrant, energetic and positively full of life”.
“Jane was extremely professional and she set a very high standard,” Mr Moloney said.
“But she was also very soft, very kind and very much a positive role model.”
He confirmed Mrs Ezzy, who married last September, had been due to finalise the purchase of her first home yesterday.
“Naturally Jane had been very excited about buying her first home with Stuart,” Mr Moloney said.
“They had purchased a house in Toowoomba but she had been going to keep working with us.
“She loved the college, this was her third year working with us.”
Assumption College staff and students were notified of Mrs Ezzy’s death at an emergency assembly called shortly after classes started yesterday morning.
“Jane was close friends with a number of our young staff and they and many of our students were just devastated by her death,” Mr Moloney said.
In the wake of the tragedy he said normal school routines were abandoned and support offered to those struggling with the news.
“We are very fortunate to live in a supportive community and other schools in the city immediately offered us assistance,” Mr Moloney said.
He said Warwick State High School, along with St Mary’s, had provided counselling and administrative support to the college yesterday.
“Unfortunately, we have had to deal with tragedies before so, sadly, we have some experience in this situation,” Mr Moloney said.
“We will continue to offer staff and students support in the coming days.
“And we also offer our condolences to Jane’s husband Stuart and her immediate family, friends and loved ones.”
He said the college had also mailed letters to the families of all students encouraging parents to offer reassurance and comfort to their children.
Yesterday students from Mrs Ezzy’s classes struggled to come to terms with news of her death.
“She was just married, she’d just bought her first house, she had so much to look forward to.”
Others questioned the fragility of life.
“It is hard, like impossible, to believe we won’t see her again.”
Most students left school early yesterday after hearing the news and, within hours, a tribute site was posted on social networking website Facebook.
Jane’s brother-in-law Dale posted on the site: “Jane, you were an amazing person, kind hearted and beautiful all the way through.
“My brother will be lost without you and so will our entire family.
“Rest in Peace, you will always be remembered in our hearts.”
Condolence messages for Mrs Ezzy poured onto the site from past and present students and parents.
“We’ll never forget you, you were an amazing teacher,” one said.
“The class of 2010 enjoyed two full years of drama with Miss Ezzy,” another user posted.
“Over that time we grew close to her and began to realise what an amazing person she was.
“I remember her sharing her joy and excitement about her wedding and her honeymoon and how she would always wear something crazy to class.
“The best moments I can remember with her were the 2009 Showcase.
“We had an amazing time and she showed us how great of a teacher she was.
“She was always fun and bubbly and we all will miss you very much. Taken too soon. Much love. xxx”
Mrs Ezzy died after the vehicle she was travelling in from Toowoomba to Warwick was hit by a Brisbane-bound B-double at the Eight Mile intersection about 7.40 yesterday morning.
The truck driver was unhurt in the crash.
Police want to speak to the driver of a white utility which was in front of Mrs Ezzy’s vehicle before the collision.
Senior Constable Don Young said the ute stopped at the stop sign before moving on and the sedan stopped behind it, before also moving on. The sedan was then struck by the B-double.
Investigations into the crash are ongoing but anyone with information can call Warwick Police on 4660 4444.