Tributes are paid to Glenwood High legend

Alasdair Campbell
Alasdair Campbell

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former town teacher, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Alasdair Campbell died suddenly, aged 54, a week past Sunday.

He taught at Glenwood High School for 19 years and has been hailed as a “legendary and absolutely inspiring” teacher.

Mr Campbell had been working as a supply teacher at Kirkcaldy’s Viewforth High School, and had just returned from an Easter holiday co-inciding with his 30th wedding anniversary when he passed away at his Kettlebridge home after suffering a heart attack.

Born in Dunfermline, he lived in Glenrothes for a period when he attended South Parks Primary before completing his schooldays in his hometown.

He worked for clothing makers Lyle and Scott and supermarket chain Fyne Fair, before studying at Kirkcaldy College.

Mr Campbell graduated with honours in history from Glasgow University and, afterwards opened Glenrothes Cycles on the town’s Queensway Industrial Estate.

Three years later, he decided to do teacher training, completing a post-graduate English degree at Edinburgh’s Moray House College.

His career began with a series of supply placements, before he began working at Glenwood in 1990.

It was while at the school that he built a reputation as a larger than life character with a particular talent for engaging with ‘difficult’ pupils.

Mr Campbell, who lived with his family in Collydean for nine years, took early retirement from the school in 2009.

Mr Campbell had a huge range of interests, including motorcycling - despite a youthful accident which ended plans for a navy career - climbing, theatre, travelling and music.

He was a well-known face in Fife music circles and played a regular weekly session at Falkland’s Stag Inn.

Self-taught, he specialised on banjo and would often treat pupils to an end of lesson rendition ont he instrument.

Mr Campbell’s wife, Catriona, is a retired teacher who taught at several high schools, including Auchmuty.

She said of her late husband: “He was a lovely man who loved his family above all else.

“It was just too short a life, but he lived life to the full and then some.” Mr Campbell is survived by his wife, grown-up children Michael, Niall and Christianna and two grand-children.

His funeral was held at Kingskettle Parish Church on Tuesday, after which Mr Campbell was laid to rest in Delliefure Natural Burial Ground, Strathspey.