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‘Small in stature but a larger-than-life character’, Cookstown High School pay moving tribute to former vice-principal

Cookstown High School has paid tribute to tribute to former vice-principal Robert Stevenson MBE who passed away.

The 94 year old former vice-principal affectionally known as ‘Stevie’ sadly passed away following a house fire in the Pines Area of Cookstown. 

Taking to social media, the school commented “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Mr Robert Stevenson MBE who was a former Vice-Principal of Cookstown High School”.

Cookstown High School continued saying, “he (Robert) devoted his life to the High School teaching Physics and Mathematics as well as manually producing the school timetable.

His unique character exuded kindness and generosity with a healthy competitive spirit in sport”.

Earlier today Athletics NI paid their own tribute saying, “It might seem strange to say ‘untimely’ for someone who four days earlier had celebrated his 94th birthday but at the time of his passing he was still full of life.

“The day before his birthday he attended the AGM of the Ulster Schools AA (of which he was a founder member) and had attended Scouts, an organisation close to his heart.

A spokesperson for Cookstown High School continued, “Mr Stevenson played a huge role in the formation of Cookstown High School as a combined grammar and secondary school especially co-ordinating the buildings programme.

His zest for sport, specifically athletics and hockey, was known throughout the province. He was well known for his community and voluntary work with young people which extended to a lifelong commitment to the scouting organisation”.

Mr Stevenson may have been small in stature but a larger-than-life character whose legacy will remain for many years to come”.

“We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends”.

Funeral arrangements for Mr Stevenson can be found here.

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