TRIBUTES are being paid this week to a long-serving Helensburgh and Lomond teacher who has died at the age of 87.

Olwyn Nonhebel, who passed away on Monday, October 4, became the second teacher at Luss Primary School in 1976 having moved from a part-time position at St Michael’s Primary in Dumbarton.

She was at Luss for six years before the school was forced to drop down to a single teacher, moving on to the nearby Muirlands single teacher school which subsequently closed in 1988. Ms Nonhebel, who had lived in Cardross since 1959, was then at Rhu Primary for one year before becoming head teacher of Arrochar Primary from where she retired in 1994.

Rev Dr Neil Allison, Pastor at Helensburgh Baptist Church, said: “Olwyn was deeply respected and loved; her work with children is well known.

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“She was a kind and generous person who seemed to have time for others especially if they were going through difficulties. She will be deeply and sincerely missed by all who knew her.”

Son, John, told the Advertiser: “She was an exceptional teacher who loved children, cared deeply about their well-being and excelled in combining more formal aspects of education with nature study, local history and music.

“Olwyn took her love for teaching into the Baptist church where she ran the primary Sunday school for more than 40 years.

“She will be much missed by her family to whom she has passed on her love for the countryside.”