Robert Stewart (1977) died very suddenly in hospital on 13th April 2008. Bob's career since leaving School was spent almost entirely in the Postal service where he worked as a postman for 25 years. He was attached to the Cupar Delivery Office and was the Postman for the Falkland, Auchtermuchty and Strathmiglo areas. Bob was a keen golfer, enjoyed caravanning and was a life-long supporter of Newcastle United. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son.
Bill Stewart (1940) died in May 2006. Bill was for a time Assistant Janitor at Bell Baxter. He was predeceased by his wife, Cathie, just over a year earlier and by his twin sister, Vina, in October 2005.
Duncan Stirling (1950) became a partner in a firm of architects. He married fellow FP Elean McCallum and has 2 daughters, one a sculptress and the other a media person.
Michael Stirling (1948 in 2nd year) died on 20th March 2000 in an accident at work in Cyprus. Michael moved to Cupar from Shropshire at the age of 13. He was a keen sportsman and played in the School football team and in the 1st XI cricket team. He completed a student apprenticeship with Babcock and Wilcox and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from London University. As a commissioning engineer he travelled widely in the Middle East in connection with power stations and power generation before joining John Dickinson, paper manufacturers. He became a senior executive with the consultant firm of Preece Cardew and Rider in 1965 after its merger with Ewbank and Partners and later with Mott MacDonald, Consulting Engineers His work took him to Cyprus, Malaysia, New Zealand, India and Bangladesh. Michael became a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He was an enthusiastic and skilful golfer and a regular prize-winner in tournaments, becoming President of the Institute Golf Society. He was a committed and hard-working engineer, a modest family man with little interest in material possessions. He had a great love of classical music and also had plans to walk in the Himalayas and in Australia on completion of the construction of the Vasilikos Power Station in Cyprus. This £250 million project of which he was in charge was to have been his last contract, but sadly he died in a tragic accident in the turbine hall just 3 months before retirement. He leaves 2 sons and 4 grand-children.
(Contributed by Michael's brother Duncan (qv)).
Secretary at Bell-Baxter until March, 1929; Mrs Braid, Wanlock, High Street, Auchtermuchty.
The School Vice-Captain for Session 1998-9 was Katherine Storrar from Rossie, Auchtermuchty.
Mrs Wenda Stuart (née Strachan) died in December 1995. Wenda entered 1st year in 1940. She was a Bank Clerkess and later became a Costing Estimator with De La Rue and lived still in Markinch.
Ian G Strang
Served in Royal Air Force; studied at Heriot Watt College; Awarded Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering; Joined AEI at Rugby as Development Engineer in Aircraft Equipment Engineering Department; Awarded Potter Premium by Rugby Engineering Society ; AMIMechE and lecturer in Thermodynamics at National College of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe, Bedfordshire. Attended BBS in the early 1940s.
Paul Strange (late 1980s?) has been running a night club in Sydney for the last 18 months (since March 2001). The club is called "Made to Measure" and it is the second largest in Australia. He was appearing in a documentary about "Australia Uncovered", focussing on holiday backpackers and ex-pats living in Australia. It seems that last year he organised a huge New Year party for which he had booked a "world famous" DJ, John Digweed. He had spent 6 years working in clubs in lbiza and he is studying marketing and business at college.
Extracted from FPA Newsletter, December 2012:
Two FPs, Ben Kerridge and Aidan Strathearn, took part in the gruelling Mongol Rally in July. The participants undertake a 10,000 mile charity road trip from the UK to the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar, crossing three mountain ranges and two deserts. Starting from Goodwood in Essex, these two were doing it in a car they described as ‘one your granny would be embarrassed by’ - namely a 1.3 litre Kia Rio. The boys, who are students at Glasgow University, were to be accompanied by a friend from Ayrshire. It is not too surprising to learn that they signed up for the trip last year during a night at the Students' Union! The trip was to take 6 weeks and the return journey was by Trans-Siberian Railway (‘chicken class’, they said). The money raised by sponsorship is for the Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust, and they intend to give some to St.Vincent's Hospice in Johnstone and some to the Alzheimers charity.
Adam Sung (Balmullo) was Deputy Head Monitor (3rd year) for the Session 1997-8.
I live in Canberra, our nation's capital. A beautiful modern planned city, designed by the American architect Walter Burley Griffin, founded in 1913 and due for big centenary celebrations in 2013.
My journey to Australia began in 1965 after I had graduated from Dunfermline College of Physical Education and Moray House College of Education. My parents had emigrated during my year at Moray House, and I followed them to Sydney on a £10 assisted passage on the “Australis”. Presbyterian Ladies College at Pymble was my first teaching post, an exclusive private girls school and a far cry from Bell Baxter. After a year I joined the NSW Department of Education and was sent to Narrabundah High School in Canberra where I met my husband, who was a Maths/Physics teacher there.
We married in 1967 and our son was born in 1970 and a daughter in 1973 and I was fully occupied at home until I returned to teaching in 1982 as Head of PE and Sport at Canberra Girls Grammar School, where I stayed for 2 years. Then had the good fortune to be a Foundation staff member of Radford College, a co-ed Anglican school established in 1984, where I was Head of PE and Sport. This was an amazing experience, to be able to set up a PE and Sports Department just exactly as I wanted from the outset!! I had a wonderful 4 years there with the students excelling in all facets of the sports programme. I retired from teaching at the end of 1987. I then did a travel consultant’s course and worked for QANTAS AIRWAYS for 10 years. First as a consultant, then latterly at Canberra Airport, where we had a great array of politicians and sportsmen coming and going, as both the Parliament and The Australian Institute of Sport are based in Canberra.
On retiring from Qantas my husband and I set up a B&B in Canberra and still run this today. Great fun meeting people from all around the world - especially Scots, and it keeps us busy in our retirement.
I look back on my six years at Bell Baxter with great pride as I had such a good all-round education and wonderful teachers, and friends I still keep in contact with and visit when I am in Scotland. I was inspired by my first PE teacher, Margot Fettes, then Heather Finlay and also had fantastic encouragement from Jock Blair. Of course our classroom teachers were also most influential: Miss Livingstone, Miss Dymock, Sandy Ad, Tubby Methven, Doc Inglis to name a few. I was thrilled to be a prefect and hockey captain while there and kept my love of hockey throughout my life, captaining the ACT Women's team and later the ACT Veterans women's team and finally hung up my boots at 50! Fond memories are of going to rugby internationals at Murrayfield when Dave Rollo and Dave Whyte were playing. Jock organised the tickets for us and a whole gang of boys and girls would travel by train to Edinburgh. I think the tickets were sold for a shilling each then!! By contrast we are off to a match Wallabies v Italy tomorrow in Canberra and the tickets are $70!! You can see I am still an avid rugby follower and have season tickets for The Brumbies in the Super 14 competition and have managed to attend four Rugby World Cup Tournaments!
Some schoolgirl memories: Liz Toulalan (qv) and I used to play "Sports" in my backyard in Ladybank when we were kids together, as my younger sister and her younger sister Gabby were great friends. We would have running and high jump competitions over wooden high jump stands my dad had made for us!! I don't think I was up to discus throwing then, but interesting that I won a gold medal at the Scottish Schoolgirls and the next one to be won by a BB girl was Liz's in the Long Jump!! I remember Joe Manson (qv) won a gold in the Shot Putt around the same time as me. Jock Blair was a great athletics mentor.