Tributes have been paid to a “lovely and kind” Aberdeen head teacher, who died last week.
Fraser Cowie, who worked at Westpark School, in Northfield, passed away following a short illness.
Fellow teachers paid tribute to the 53-year-old – who had worked in education in the city for almost three decades – calling him a “lovely, kind and genuine man” who was “dedicated to his school, its pupils and staff”.
In a joint statement, Gregor Watson, deputy head teacher at the primary school, and Primary 7 teacher Alice Atkinson said it was “with great sadness” that they passed on news of Mr Cowie’s death “following his recent illness”.
The pair asked parents and carers to pass on the “sad news” of Mr Cowie’s death last Sunday to pupils.
“We will have support structures in place to help your child cope with this tragedy”, they added.
“Mr Cowie was extremely proud of the Westpark School community and it is our hope that, together, we will be able to guide and support the children through what may be, for many, a very new experience in their lives. A book of remembrance will be placed in the school foyer for pupils, parents and staff to sign if they wish.
“We ask that you do not bring flowers or teddy bears to school, and instead we will be collecting donations for a local food bank.
“We feel that Mr Cowie would want your kind wishes to benefit our local community.
“Our thoughts are with Mr Cowie’s family at this very sad time.”
Angela Scott, chief executive of Aberdeen City Council, said: “It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of a respected and valued colleague.
“On behalf of all at Aberdeen City Council, my condolences go to Fraser’s family, colleagues and all who knew him through his role at the school and all those it serves.
“Those who worked closely with Fraser speak of a lovely, kind and genuine man who was dedicated to his school, its pupils and staff.
“He will be greatly missed by the young people he was such a positive influence on, as well as colleagues and the wider community, having spent decades working in the Northfield area. Such sad news is always felt throughout the council and I pay tribute to the contribution Fraser made to education in the city over the course of his service spanning 28 years.”