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Scotian News

September 2014

Issue 115

Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-

70 Michael Reynolds; Leo Forsythe; Leo Stone; James McArdle; Roderick McKenzie; John McHale;

65  Roshan Maini; Michael Rostant; Willie Rowbottom; Jack Kerr; Andrew Lindsay; Brian Quigley; Derek Caldwell;

60  Iain Campbell; Ron Delnevo; John Quinn; Angelo Deponio;


 School News

We have just heard of the death of Father Tom Flynn(1953-1957), parish priest of St Theresa’s, East Calder. Father Tom was one of the original pupils at Scotus. A good story from his early days at school was about the initials “ T F “ being carved into a tree near the walled garden entrance, which was a cardinal error. Both Tom Flynn and Tom Flaherty were blamed, but no one owned up. Enquiries lasted several weeks. The tree is still there. Are the initials still visible? Fr. Tom, before he became a priest, was a nurse in the burns unit at Bangour Hospital, near Bathgate (now closed) He invented and patented a special bed to aid burns sufferers, and the bed design is still used today. He was an exception in the clergy, as he supported Glasgow Rangers all his days. (Read Fr Tom's obituary from the Scottish Catholic Observer)

Iain Campbell’s sister passed away, in Jersey, in June. Iain is living in Chile.

The father of Paul A, Joe and Mark Capaldi has recently died. Joe wrote saying that, like many Parents of Scotus pupils, he was a working class man who managed to put his sons through private school by working long hours to pay for the education, as well as playing Sax. in a dance band.

The brother of Ronald Ronalson, Hugh, himself an FP, has recently died.

Our condolences are offered to all the families.

Correspondence received this month from:- Iain O’Henley and John Drawbell, both in Canada; Paul Gunn; Bruce Laidlaw, from Australia; Randy Schlichting and Mike Donelan, both from the USA; Paul Capaldi, in Cyprus; Joe Capaldi, in Dubai; and from Canon Alan Finley, who tells us that he was with parishoners of his church in Bristol in Rome for a holiday and an audience with the Pope. The Pope said he was terribly sorry about Hibs.

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