MA (St Andrews); Diploma in School Librarianship (Birmingham); Deputy Headmistress, Park Girls’ County Secondary School, Dudley, Worcestershire; ‘Ingle Neuk,’ 6 Charnwood Avenue, Sedgley, Staffs. Attended BBS in the 1930s.
Colin McCallum (1954) died on 9th August 2003 after just a few days in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. After leaving School Colin took an MA degree at Edinburgh University, followed by qualifications in Traffic Engineering and Planning. He then went on to work as a Highway Engineer for Highland Region, during which time he lived on the Black Isle with his wife and three sons. Colin especially enjoyed his work with harbours, and during the latter years of his working life, he designed and supervised the enlargement of port facilities at Kinlochbervie and Lochinver. Colin's interest in music started at school, and he continued to enjoy making music at informal gatherings with friends as long as he was able.
He was also an aficionado of Burns and delivered the Immortal Memory at the School’s 1960 Burns Supper. His version of Tam o’ Shanter or, as he dubbed it, Tam the Shunter, was published in the 1958 School magazine and has since featured in an FPA Newsletter and in Volume II of Bell Baxter Lives.
Colin is survived by his 2 sisters, Rae and Elean and his three sons.
(Contributed by his sister Elean, now Mrs Stirling).
Elean McCallum married fellow FP Duncan Stirling (qv). They had two daughters, one a sculptress and the other a media person.
Armour Gray McCandlish
Armour McCandlish entered fourth year at BBS in 1935. He was an avionics engineer in the Royal Air Force for 38 years, then a calibration engineer at Marconi's, Hillend. He lived in Glenrothes.
The annual visit to the First World War Battlefields took place in October 2000. Michael Lennie, Steven Lorimer and David McCann laid a wreath as the pupils took part in the daily tribute to the Fallen.
Elizabeth McCanny (Auchtermuchty) was Deputy Head Monitor in the Westport Building 1994-5. When in S4, she was selected by one of the local Rotary Clubs to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award. This involves spending a week at Abernethy Outdoor Centre on Speyside enjoying a programme of activities designed to build character through developing self-awareness, leadership skills and generally promoting a healthy approach to life. Elizabeth was School Vice-Captain for the Session 1997-8.
Emily McCanney (Newburgh) was Vice Head Monitor third year for 1996-7.
Mrs Esther Renfrew entered BBS in 1928. She became Secretary, British Sugar Corporation, Cupar. She married David Renfrew, Police Inspector in Fife, who died on 27th January 1984.
Esther died in hospital after a short illness aged 95, in late August 2011. Until just a few weeks before her illness, she was still walking very smartly down the street, free of any kind of walking stick or other support. She is survived by a daughter and a son.
Steven McColm (late 1930s) died on 23rd July 1998 after a long illness. Steve worked as a painter and decorator in Cupar and had been retired for some years.
Fergus McCool was invited to attend the Careers Scotland Space School at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in 2006.
On his return he reported that it had been a wonderful experience which would, he hopes, be of assistance in his application to Oxford University. He was one of only 26 pupils from all over Scotland. They had the privilege of being allowed into the Mission Control Room while it was in operational mode. They met some of the top astronauts, engineers and scientists. They visited the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and watched the movie of the Apollo 13 mission which brought the 3 astronauts back safely to earth after disaster struck. Fergus hopes to study Material Sciences, with research into material in micro-gravity being his hoped-for career.
Alexander (Sandy) McCraw (1943) died on 12th October 2001 in hospital after a long illness. Sandy was the School Captain in Session 1948-9. Sandy is survived by a daughter and a son. His brother was Ken McCraw (qv).
Ken McCraw, 17 Edenbank Road, Cupar, and formerly of Bow of Fife Manse, died on 31st December 1990 after a long illness. His brother was Sandy McCraw (qv).
Around 350 friends gathered in Cupar Baptist Church on Tuesday 8 January 2013 for a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of popular Bell Baxter music teacher Angela Macdonald.
Angela (31), who died at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee on December 30, was the only daughter of retired Cupar Baptist minister, the Rev Bill Macdonald, and his wife, Morag.
A teacher at Bell Baxter for six years, Angela was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2011 and, after undergoing chemotherapy at Ninewells, was given the all clear last April. Despite further treatment, she suffered a relapse at 'the end of September.
A former Bell Baxter pupil, Angela went on to teach as a probationer at Beath High in Cowdenbeath before moving to Glenwood High in Glenrothes, then returning to her old school as a member of staff.
Paisley-born Angela moved to Cupar in 1982 aged 16 months after her father was appointed Baptist Church minister at Cupar.
Her musical talents became evident early, with Angela beginning to play the piano when she was around four or five years old, then progressing to the clarinet.
She was a member of Castlehill Primary School orchestra, in which she played the viola, and went to join Bell Baxter Wind Band as well as Fife Youth Orchestra.
After completing an honours degree in music at Napier University in Edinburgh, she studied for a one-year postgraduate secondary school teaching diploma at Moray House.
An active member of Cupar Baptist Church, she also ran Scripture Union at Bell Baxter and played in Christian orchestras Origin and New Scottish.
A photographic celebration of Angela's life was shown before and after Tuesday's service, which was conducted by the Rev David Paton, minister of Largo Baptist Church and the Rev Dr Brian Talbot, minister of Broughty Ferry Baptist Church.
After the welcome and a focus on the details of Angela's life, David introduced the first three parts of the tribute to her...Angela loved life, loved music and loved people.
Rebecca Hardie, a friend, sang a hymn called Come to Me before Dr Talbot concluded the service with a focus on Angela's faith.
Following a service at Cupar cemetery, around 150 friends gathered for refreshments in the Baptist Church.
Donations totalling £1329.65 were received for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
Tribute to Angela was paid this week by Bell Baxter rector Phil Black, who said everyone at the school was "deeply saddened by her untimely death and our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time."
He continued: "Angela was a talented teacher and a dedicated professional.
"She played an important part in school life and gave willingly of her time to support a wide range of extra curricular activities and school events.
"Angela was highly regarded by colleagues and very well respected by parents and pupils. She will be sadly missed by us all."
The following was taken from the School website:
Dedication to a Former Colleague
It is with sadness that I have to inform our school community that Angela MacDonald, our former colleague, passed away last nightaged 31, following a long and dignified battle with cancer.
Until recently, Angela had been a Music Teacher in our Faculty of Expressive Arts. Angela was also a former pupil of Bell Baxter and her association with the school was a family one. Angela’s father was, for many years, one of our school chaplains, while her mother retired last summer having worked in our school office.
Angela was a talented teacher and dedicated professional, much admired and respected by her pupils. Angela may have appeared quiet in her approach, but she possessed a real steel and determination to get the very best for all of her pupils.
Angela gave willingly of her time to support a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and school events.
Angela was hugely respected by her colleagues across the school and she will be sadly missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with her parents, Bill and Morag, and their family and friends.