Husband’s tribute to music teacher ‘Winnie’ Foster who died aged 82
A CELEBRATED musician who touched the lives of many has died at the age of 82. Winifred ‘Winnie’ Foster, pictured, took on many musical roles throughout her life, including as a school teacher and composer. Born in 1934 and brought up in the Hardgate in Aberdeen, Mrs Foster was educated at the Central School, before studying briefly at Gray’s School of Art.
In the 1950s she emigrated with her fiance to Toronto, Canada, where her two daughters, Margaret and Caroline were born. She returned to the Northeast after her marriage ended, and in 1964 enrolled to study an MA Honours in music at Aberdeen University.
There she would meet her husband-to-be Charles Foster, who was one of her classmates.
After graduating, Mrs Foster spent two years as a music teacher at Torry Academy. Mr Foster said: “Winnie worked tirelessly to promote the musical development of her pupils, and was a particularly sensitive and obliging accompanist on the piano.
“Many of the pupils she helped nurture went on to become professionals.”