Bob Elliot: ‘Dedicated teacher and good man’

Former teacher and tennis coach Bob Elliot has died at the age of 95.
Former teacher and tennis coach Bob Elliot has died at the age of 95.

Tributes have been paid to retired high school teacher and tennis coach, Bob Elliot MBE, who died a week past Tuesday in Borders General Hospital. He was 95.

One of Bob’s two sons, Kim, said a “beacon of wisdom” had been extinguished in his life, while his other son, Sean, said there were many people who benefited from his father’s “dedication, skills and human touch”.

Bob taught at the high school for 28 years and was a tennis coach along with his wife Madge for even longer, hanging up his racket when he was in his eighties.

Gerald Adams, former assistant rector at Hawick High, who succeeded Bob when he retired, said: Whether on the rugby pitch, tennis court, or in the classroom, Bob dedicated his teaching life to making sure that Hawick youngsters made the most of their talents. He was a wonderful teacher, an excellent colleague, but above all he was a good man.”

High school head teacher Kevin McClory said: “Bob will be sorely missed by all his former pupils, past colleagues and all those townsfolk who knew him, but mostly by his lovely and inspirational wife Madge, sons Kim and Sean and the greater family.”

Johnny Short, one of Bob’s tennis students before becoming his assistant coach, said: “Wilton Park and Hawick Tennis Club are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bob Elliot. He and his wife Madge put so much time and effort into what was then Wilton Park Tennis Club, teaching youngsters, producing some quality players and aiding the club’s success in tournaments and leagues.”

Bob’s funeral service took place yesterday (Thursday) at Trinity Church, before commital at Wilton Cemetery.