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Paul Hogan was retrieving balls when he fell through the school’s roof (7News)

A former principal and semi-retired teacher has died after falling through a school roof in Melbourne’s inner west last week. Source: The Age.

Paul Hogan was rushed to hospital with critical injuries on Thursday after he fell through a roof at St Margaret Mary’s Primary School in Spotswood.

According to WorkSafe, the 61-year-old was collecting balls from the roof when he fell three metres to the ground through a school building’s skylight at about 2.30pm.

He died on Friday.

The executive director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools, Edward Simons, said Hogan was a highly regarded educator and leader in the Catholic school system across his 36-year career.

“We extend our sincere condolences to Paul’s family, friends and colleagues, and we hold all of those impacted in our hearts and prayers,” Dr Simons said.

He was a friend and mentor to many within the Catholic school community and would be dearly missed, he said.

Hogan had worked as a teacher since 1988 and worked across schools in the city’s north and west.

He was principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Sunbury in 2009 and of St Mary’s Primary School in Ascot Vale in 2016 until his retirement in 2022.

But he continued working part-time and as a casual relief teacher at schools including St Anne’s, St Mary’s and St Margaret Mary’s.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident.


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