Brother Nicholas Hutchinson, a De La Salle Brother, teacher and author, died peacefully on the feast of Saint Joseph at the age of 61 after a long illness.
Brother Nick was born in Royton, Oldham on 17 April 1954. His secondary education was at Cardinal Langley school where he first met the De La Salle Brothers. To his contemporaries it was obvious Nicholas would become a Brother as he displayed a spirituality that was rarely found in one so young.
He made his first vows in 1971 and his final vows in 1980 and after qualifying as a teacher at Hopwood Hall, he joined his old school, Cardinal Langley, Middleton where he taught RE and the sciences. Brother Nick had a natural concern for his students and one past pupil recalls that "he was a wonderful, gentle and kind man. An excellent teacher and an inspiration to all he taught".
In addition he was a founder member of the liturgical support group known as Lasallian Resource, whose highlight came in 1982 when they played at Ninian Park, Cardiff as Pope John Paul II met with the nation's youth.
In 1988 he transferred to St Helens and taught RE at De La Salle School, also serving as head of year 8 and later year 7. Sadly his teaching career was cut short in 1993 with the onset of ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. In 1996 he officially retired from teaching due to ill health and moved to the Brothers' community in Liverpool, next to De La Salle School, Car Lane East, becoming clerk to the school governors.
It was while in Liverpool that he turned his attention to writing several books on prayer, producing his most famous book, Praying Each Day of the Year, with the accompanying website of the same name.
In 2005 he had major surgery for cancer and joined the Brothers' community in St Helens for care. During the next eleven years his health slowly declined and on 19 March he died peacefully at home.