Tributes paid to Denny teacher Bob McCorkindale

Bob McCorkindale, former Denny High teacher
Bob McCorkindale, former Denny High teacher

Tributes have been paid to an inspirational teacher who gave 21 years of service to Denny High School.

Bob McCorkindale, who died aged 65 last month, retired from teaching religious and moral education (RME) in June 2012.

A popular and energetic member of the Denny staff, he entered the profession later in life after enjoying a varied career.

Born in Greenock in 1950, he began his working life as a TV repair man.

He entered the University of Glasgow in the early 1980s, where he obtained an honours degree in theology and divinity, and became a preacher at Alloa Baptist Church in 1984. He left six years later to take a postgraduate teaching course at Jordanhill, and subsequently joined the Denny High staff in 1991.

Rector Stephen Miller said: “Bob was a larger-than-life personality who enjoyed excellent relationships with colleagues and pupils, not only as a class teacher, but also through his extra-curricular interest in music, compering talent shows and attending school functions such as Christmas dances and the S6 prom.

“All pupils respected Bob and will remember him for all the right reasons – because of his essential humanity, compassion and positive outlook. Denny High School owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude and his legacy lives on in the lives of those who were privileged to know him.”

Mr McCorkindale leaves a wife, Irene - a former teacher - two children, three step-children and eight grandchildren.