ALAN Parker has been remembered as the ultimate cricket devotee and influential teacher after his sudden death yesterday.
His students at Mount Clear College, where he was assistant principal, said he changed their lives.
Mr Parker, 58, died yesterday morning of a suspected heart attack.
The president of the Ballarat Cricket Association and Mount Clear College teacher of 24 years, Mr Parker died in his sleep about 2am.
Tributes have flowed for the much-loved teacher, cricket lover and father of three.
At Mount Clear College, Mr Parker had arguably been one of the most influential people to ever be a part of the school.
Principal Jenny Bromley said the entire college was in shock at the loss of their passionate science/maths teacher.
A shrine had been set up yesterday where students could post their own tributes and year 12 students wore black armbands.
In their final day at school, the year 12 concert still went on as normal — Ms Bromley said that was what Mr Parker would have wanted.
“He was probably one of our most respected and skilled teachers,” Ms Bromley said.
“Alan had such a good relationship with the kids, especially the disengaged ones, and he always did everything he could to help.
“His impact is everywhere. Everything that Mount Clear is, happened because of Alan.”
Tributes also flowed online at thecourier.com.au, where he was remembered as an extraordinarily giving teacher.
“What a very sad loss we experience today. Mr Parker truly was one of the best teachers my three children, husband and myself have ever had the privilege to have dealings with,” Mum of three MCC students posted.
“My children only ever spoke of him with praise and awe. We are thankful we were able to share some time with him. Our thoughts and tears are with his family. Rest peacefully now ...”
Mr Parker had also long been one of the most influential people in Ballarat cricket.
Originally a player and member of Golden Point, Mr Parker was a long-time secretary and president at the club, before he moved into senior roles with the BCA.
He served as Pointie president for the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons, and was secretary from 1990 to 1999.
Current Golden Point secretary John Ogilvie, who played with Mr Parker, recalled how he was not only a great administrator, but a genuine friend to everybody at the club.
“Alan was always very approachable, always a great intellect, able to put his mind to everything,” Mr Ogilvie said.
“His roots are with Golden Point, but he showed his professionalism when he took on the BCA role.
“He was a great bloke, people were proud to call him their friend.”
His successor at the BCA, former president Ron Jennings said he handpicked Mr Parker when stepping down as president.
Mr Parker had been president since 2011, but had previously served as vice-president and was pennant committee and rules committee chairman.
“His devotion to cricket, his attitude and abilities were unquestioned,” Mr Jennings said. “He is going to be a significant loss to not just the cricket community, but Ballarat as a whole.”
Mr Parker is survived by wife Jenny and three children; Michael, Scott and Sarah.