Funeral of Parkhill ex-head teacher

The late Andrew Chalmers'head teacher at Parkhill Primary School 1963-69
The late Andrew Chalmers'head teacher at Parkhill Primary School 1963-69

The funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Kirkcaldy Crematorium of one of Fife’s best known former head teachers.

Andrew Chalmers, who was 91, spent nearly 30 years as a head teacher in the Kingdom, including a spell at Parkhill Primary School in Leven in the 1960s.

Andrew Chalmers

Andrew Chalmers

He was previously a flight lieutenant in the RAF, training pilots and flying instructors during the Second World War.

The son of a publican, he was born in Kelty and educated at the local primary school and Beath High School.

He went to St Andrews University in 1941 but joined the RAF the following year.

He resumed his studies at St Andrews after coming out of the RAF in 1947 and then went on to teacher training in Dundee, after he graduated.

Mr Chalmers’ first teaching job was at Ballingry Primary School and he was given his first head teacher’s post only two years later.

Mr Chalmers’ first teaching job was at Ballingry Primary School and he was given his first head teacher’s post only two years later.

After a spell at Pitlessie Primary School, he was head at Parkhill from 1963 to 1969 and worked latterly at Fair Isle, Kirkcaldy, before he retired completely from teaching in 1983.

Mr Chalmers met his future wife, Jenny, when they were in their mid-teens and they were married in Kelty in 1950.

Jenny (92) was also a teacher, latterly assistant head at Thornton Primary School.

The couple lived for more than 40 years in Upper Largo but had recently moved to Leven.

They devoted much of their time in retirement to travelling, visiting countries such as South Africa and Australia.

Mr Chalmers was also a very enthusiastic caravan traveller and a member of the Leven Wayfarers, as well as being a keen cricket fan.

He also enjoyed gliding at Portmoak and was a member and past president of Pitlessie Curling Club.

Mr Chalmers is survived by his wife, along with daughters Elizabeth and Katharine.