THE widow of a popular teacher has paid tribute to her husband, who died on holiday in Spain.

Clive Jarvis, of Old Town, was an English teacher at Kingsdown School for two years before he died of a heart attack on August 13 while the couple were on holiday.

The 63-year-old grandfather-of-two had been teaching since 1990 and planned to retire with his wife Sue in 2012 to pursue his hobby as a guitarist.

“He had a great voice. They had enrichment days at school and Clive always used to use it as an excuse to bring his guitar,”she said.

“I shall miss that more than anything really. He loved his guitar.

The happy couple, who were married for 39 years, planned to move back to their apartment in Spain where they had lived for six years but have been using as a holiday home.

They had two children, Matthew and Stuart, and two grandchildren, Oliver and Jemima.

They had returned to Swindon after their son, Stuart, was killed when he was knocked down by a car in 2007.

“Clive was very happy to return to his roots,” said Sue, who is a teaching assistant at Kingsdown School.

“We used to walk around here and he used to tell me lots of stories about things that he had done.

“He was a good one for telling stories. He was renowned for it. He loved literature.”

The couple met in 1967, when a mutual friend introduced them at the Steam Train pub, in Rodbourne.

“I thought he was good looking as soon as I saw him. Our eyes met and that was it,” she said.

“When I met him he was re-taking his GCSE in English.”

The couple were together for four years before they tied the knot at Christ Church in 1971 after Sue had told her husband they should get married.

“I said to him, ‘Don’t you think it’s about time we got married?’ “Over the years I knew I wanted to be with him. We became very close very quickly really, he was my best friend. He had a great sense of humour. He never took anything very seriously.”

Clive had a first-class honours teaching degree, which he finished when he was 40, and Sue said he was very passionate about teaching.

“He had lots of excellent results. He was very serious about that. He was strict but fair,” said Sue.

“He taught Greg Church from Scouting for Girls. He thought their song about Elvis had come from one of his lessons. Greg had asked why everyone always talks about Elvis, and Clive told him it’s because he is a legend and he’s not dead He was very inspirational.

“He thought outside the box. He thought you should be inspiring to be a teacher.”

Wendy Conaghan, headteacher at Kingsdown School, said: “The school is deeply saddened to hear the news. Clive was a very popular member of staff with colleagues and students and will be deeply missed.”

There will be a memorial service at Christ Church at 4.30pm on Thursday, September 9.

Sue has requested any donations are given to the British Heart Foundation.