An Appreciation – Susan Charlotte Brown (1952-2013)

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SUSAN was the youngest of three children in the family of George and Charlotte Brown, who stayed at ‘Aberlyn’, Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie from 1953 to 1975.

She was School Captain (the senior sports position) for 1967-8 and for 1968-9 as well as Head Girl (the senior academic position) for 1968-9.

After leaving school Susan attended Dunfermline College of Physical Education where in 1973 she obtained a teaching diploma.

She began her career teaching PE in Edinburgh.

Susan had been an enthusiastic member of the school orienteering club and was also a keen member of Rosneath Castle Boat Club, where she enjoyed dinghy racing.

She was able to combine her formal training with her favourite leisure activities when she found work teaching sailing and navigation, first with Club Med in the Gulf of Corinth then at the National Sailing Centre at Cowes, and later at the Southampton Institute.

The Isle of Wight became her home from 1977. She married Jo Richards there in 1983 and they had two sons, Jamie in 1985 and Douglas in 1987.

In 2001, after completing an MA in Education, with distinction, at Southampton University, Sue returned to teaching when she took a post at a special needs school on the island. Susan enjoyed music, from her roles in the school operettas, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘The Merry Widow’, to singing at the Cramond Inn, to becoming a proficient pianist and passing Grade 8.

She took great pride in the musical talents of her sons and it was a particular delight when her partner and her younger son became members of the Isle of Wight Camerata Chamber Choir, which performed on April 28 in the Albert Hall.

Susan knew she would not be able to go to London, but showed stoic determination in attending a local concert to hear them in her last few days.

Sue died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer just over two years ago.

She is survived by Roger Bingham, her partner since 2008 and by her sons.

David Brown