Funeral of Arbroath teacher takes place

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THE FUNERAL took place on Monday of Colin Macintosh, formerly principal teacher of English at Arbroath High School.

Educated at Harris Academy and St Andrews University, Colin taught briefly at Lawside Academy, Dundee, where he met his future wife, Alison, before continuing his studies at the Courtauld Institute.

After a brief spell at Whitehill Senior Secondary, Glasgow, he joined the English department of Arbroath High School in the early 1970s where he subsequently became head of English, a post he held until he retired.

Colin will be remembered by former colleagues as a highly respected head of department whose integrity, breadth of knowledge and commitment to his subject made a lasting impression on all who had the privilege to work with him.

As a teacher, Colin’s enthusiasm was infectious, his ready wit guaranteed that all forms of dullness were banned from lessons.

His unforgettable renditions of classic texts became his trademark and will be remembered by a generation of pupils.

He was a loyal friend whose sense of humour and easy conviviality made him a pleasure to be with.

Away from teaching, Colin was able to indulge his twin passions for the visual arts and local cultural history and, in retirement, he and Alison travelled widely.

Latterly, he was engaged in researching aspects of the life of the Duncan family and the history of Camperdown House.

Colin was a talented teacher, a generous host and a man who was an inspiration to colleagues and friends alike. He is survived by his mother, Margaret, his wife, Alison and sons Andrew and Jonathan.