Andy Duthie, a father of two from Fraserburgh, has recently passed away.
Andy served his time as a joiner with Hall and Robertson, Fraserburgh, ahead of becoming a teacher of technical subjects and, latterly, physical education at Cairnbulg, where he met Jean Findlay, his old primary teacher. They were married on July 28, 1956, at Fraserburgh Baptist Church.
Moving to Galashiels in 1958, Andy was promoted to Principle Teacher of Guidance, which allowed him to focus more on helping pupils make career choices and also work through challenging and sometimes difficult social situations. His great passion was to help them to develop into young adults and his work as a guidance teacher fulfilled this for him.
During this time, he continued to work as a teacher of technical subjects and was involved in setting up the ROSLA courses, an initiative to provide vocational input for pupils who were not so attracted to study academic subjects.
At the head teacher’s request, Andy, already a scout, set up a new troup at Galashiels Academy. This he did willingly, giving his own time to get the 4th Gala Troup operational. He was also a key personality in the Scottish Borders Scouting movement and became a district Scout Master before retiring. Along with his Christian faith, Scouting did much to make Andy Duthie the man he became.
Jean and Andy worshipped at the Victoria Street Baptist Church, where he was to serve as a deacon for many years.
Andy retired in 1994, four years after Jean, and both enjoyed 35 years together at their home
In 2003, they decided that the time was right to relocate to Aberdeen, to be nearer their family and four grandchildren. Their new home was within easy distance to the Bridge of Don Baptist church which they attended and made a group of close friends with whom they enjoyed regular excursions.
Andy was a keen traveller and loved to journey to new locations. This resulted in many holidays to places beyond the UK including camping holidays in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Andy and Jean once embarked on a back-packing holiday when they travelled across the USA by train and bus.
From an early stage, travel inspired Andy to learn foreign languages, including French and German and in later in life he even attempted Polish, he was determined to communicate with people in their own language.
Despite having some health issues and his deteriorating hearing, Andy maintained a healthy interest in everything that took place around him. He was always happy to be in company especially family gatherings and enjoyed these times immensely.
He passed away suddenly and peacefully at home with Jean and members of his family close by.
Andy will be sorely missed by Jean, the immediate family and his many friends, but the legacy of his memory will remain a source of comfort for all who knew him.