Warm memories of former Aberdeen school head teacher

Alex Sibbald

A former head teacher at an Aberdeen secondary school has been warmly remembered following his death.

Alex Sibbald moved from the Central Belt to Blairdaff, near Monymusk, when he took over as head teacher of Kemnay Academy.

That led to him taking the reins of Hazlehead Academy in the 1980s, a post he enjoyed into the following decade.

Mr Sibbald was a popular figure among Rotary circles. He was a member of Aberdeen’s St Fittick’s group, where he served as president between 2003 and 2004.

Fellow rotarian George Esson said: “As well as being a headmaster of some reputation, and a real educationalist, he was very artistic by nature.

“He and his wife were very interested in the arts and enjoyed painting.”

About 10 years ago, Mr Sibbald moved from the North-east to Spain.

He died peacefully there, surrounded by his family, following a short illness.

He is survived by his wife Christina, son Alexander and daughter Barbara.

Mr Sibbald also leaves behind grandchildren Steven and Elsie.