A former headteacher at two north-east schools has died at the age of 88 after a battle with Parkinson’s.
John Robbie, former headteacher of Carronhill School in Stonehaven and Beechwood School in Aberdeen, died peacefully in his home in the care of his family and staff from Broomhill Park in the city.
More commonly known as Jack, he was the first headteacher at Carronhill School in 1975 and worked there for a decade until he moved to Beechwood School in 1985.
He took early retirement and did some supply teaching at Hazelhead Academy, as well indulging in his passion for antiques by working at fairs – where antique clocks were a particular favourite.
Leaving school at 14 years old to become a joiner, he eventually went on to to perform two years of teacher training after his national training.
He began his career in Annan, Dumfries, where he worked for seven years before returning to Aberdeen to work as a technical education teacher.
After deciding to move into special education, he got the necessary qualifications and moved to Beechwood School, working as a technical teacher and guidance teacher.
Mr Robbie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 14 years ago, and was part of a study conducted at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Sheena and Kathryn, grandchildren Gemma, Bruce, Jean-Paul, William and Fredrick and his great-grandchildren Luke, Esther, Sophie and Amelie.
Daughter Sheena Lonshaw, 61, said that donations at her father’s funeral would go towards research into the degenerative condition.
All family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the service at Baldarroch Crematorium, Crathes, on Tuesday at 2.30pm.