The North-east lost one of its most ardent supporters of its culture and heritage on January 20 with the death of Cecilia Penny, better known by the affectionate name of “Bunty”.
Born in 1932 and bought up on the family farm at Newmachar, Bunty was educated at Ellon Academy and Aberdeen University from where she graduated MA in 1953.
A year at the Teacher Training College was followed by a short spell of teaching at Tillydrone, until Bunty off to Montreal for a teaching post.
During her seven years teaching in various Canadian schools, Bunty met former Aberdeen University colleague, Bruce Penny, romance blossomed and they returned to Aberdeen to be married in Kings College Chapel.
Later, permanent return to Scotland saw the family set up home in Fife and the birth of their only son, Alan.
After his birth Bunty continued her teaching career with playgroup and nursery schools. Further diplomas in teaching children with learning difficulties followed.
A return to Aberdeenshire, where husband Bruce took over the local shop in the village of Hatton (Cruden), saw Bunty involved in setting up the first schemes for the teaching of children with learning difficulties in the Ellon area.
With the opening of a special school in Fraserburgh, Bunty joined a group of other dedicated teachers dealing with children who had behaviour or emotional problems, a task she lovingly carried out for sixteen years until her retirement.
Following the disposal of the shop in Hatton the family retired to Stuartfield where Bunty was able to devote her whole time to her great passion, the history and culture of her beloved North-east.
Her interests led her to be actively involved with many local organisations including Buchan Heritage Society where she was a regular “storyteller”, Buchan Field Club, Ythan Speakers’ Club, Buchan Writers Group, Buchan Tourism Group, Epilepsy Support, BBridge, Buchan Countryside Group and many others.