Duncan McCallum

23rd January 2015

We are sorry to report the death of Ermysted’s Old Boy Duncan McCallum, who has passed away at the aged of 71.

Born on 13 November 1943, Duncan was educated initially in Motherwell then Ingleton before moving to Lothersdale in 1950.

He joined Ermysted’s in Form i a on 7 September 1955 in Toller House and left in July 1962 with 8 O-levels and 2 A-levels. He went on to study at Edge Hill Teacher Training College in Ormskirk.

His career as a teacher included spells at three schools in Keighley – Eastwood, Swire Smith and Hartington (now Haworth Primary).

Schoolmate Roger Ingham said: “Duncan battled against severe disability since aged in his 40s, and later serious illness. Despite his acute discomforts he always put on a brave smily face of fortitude and only a few years recent, he attended the Old Boys’ Dinner with long-time school pals and sporting contemporaries including me and Max Benson.

“Duncan, together with other Lothersdale lads, once were unable to attend school via motorised transport, so they battled – some in short pants – through severe blizzards and deep snow drifts. They arrived not to long after assembly, then had to foot-slog it all the way back home again after school!”

Duncan died on 14th January 2015 at Herncliffe Nursing Home in Keighley, surrounded by his family. He was a dearly loved husband of Christine, loving father of Fiona and Neil and father-in-law of David, a much loved grandad of Harry and a dear brother of Alison.

His funeral takes place on Monday 26th January at 11.30am at Oakworth Crematorium near Keighley. It will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Grouse Inn, Oakworth.

Family flowers only please but donations if desired for the Alzheimer’s Society. Provision will be made at the service for this purpose or may be sent to Lyndon M. Leeson Funeral Director, 51 Bridge Street, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 7PX.

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