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Tribute paid to a favourite Kingussie High School teacher


By Tom Ramage

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Silent tribute was paid this morning along Kingussie High Street as the funeral cortege of a much-loved former PE teacher mades it way to his funeral.

Jack Maxwell makes his farewell to Kingussie today (Aidan Woods)
Jack Maxwell makes his farewell to Kingussie today (Aidan Woods)

Jack Maxwell, who taught at the school from the mid-1960s, died very suddenly but peacefully at his Acres Road home in the Badenoch capital on Friday, October 2nd, aged 78 years, of Acres Road, Kingussie.

A loving husband to Mae and much loved father of Sean, Mr Maxwell's contribution to the town has been well remembered by generations of former pupils and friends.

The Strathy has heard from several of his proteges who remembered "a truly inspirational and committed teacher and colleague, with a passion for both shinty and Scottish country dancing.

The funeral cort├Ęge travelled down Ardbroilach Road and along the High Street before continuing its journey to Inverness Crematorium.

"Although not an indigenous shinty player, Jack realised the importance of our sport to Badenoch and always made sure that shinty was on the PE curriculum," said Kingussie Camanachd Club.

"He led countless Kingussie and Newtonmore Camanachd Club players in High School teams to Macpherson, Wade and Macbean Cup successes."

The club also acknowledged Mr Maxwell's expertise in skiing, golfing, football, tennis and canoeing.

"Jack was a talented sportsman who was a stalwart of many local clubs. He was also a keen supporter of Kingussie Camanachd Club and he and Mae were regular attendees at the Dell."

Former pupil Alasdair Macpherson told the Strathy: "Jack taught us life lessons, be it on mountains or rivers and lochs. He touched so many lives."



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