Fam­ily’s trib­ute to teacher Ann

Shock as 64-year-yold dies after ac­ci­dent

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

Trib­utes have poured in for a beloved Burn­side woman who was trag­i­cally killed in a road ac­ci­dent last week.

Ann McCart ( 64), of Grey­stone Av­enue, died last Satur­day after be­ing knocked down on the street where she lived.

The news has left the for­mer St An­thony’s Pri­mary teacher’s fam­ily dev­as­tated.

Ann, who lived in Mill Street be­fore mov­ing to Burn­side, had two sons, Michael (31) and Vincent (29) and a daugh­ter, Miriam (32). She had one grand­son, Luke (1).

Miriam, who is a doc­tor at the Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary, said her mum was a com­pas­sion­ate woman who “lived for her fam­ily”.

She said: “She was the most ac­cept­ing, non­judge­men­tal per­son you could ever hope to meet.

“She lived for her fam­ily, es­pe­cially her grand­son.

“She loved her gar­den, she was al­ways out do­ing work on it. She lived in a flat on Mill Street, so she was re­ally happy when she moved down here as it meant she had a gar­den again.”

Ann was also en­joy­ing learn­ing Span­ish, tak­ing it up due to her fam­ily’s now strong con­nec­tions with the coun­try.

Michael’s wife is from Spain, while Vincent teaches English in the coun­try and is also set to marry a Span­ish

woman. Ann, whose hus­band Bill passed away in 1999 at the age of 56, was a teacher all her work­ing life and started her ca­reer at St Anne’s Pri­mary in Glas­gow.

As tes­ta­ment to her char­i­ta­ble spirit, she un­der­took mis­sion­ary work in Africa, teach­ing in Cameroon for two years.

After re­turn­ing to Scot­land she taught in St An­thony’s in Ruther­glen.

She also taught in St Bartholomew’s in Coat­bridge and her last job was at St Ai­dan’s Sec­ondary School.

Her sis­ter Deirdre (65) said :“She was a won­der­ful teacher, she could teach any child to read. ”

Head teacher of St An­thony’s Pri­mary Eileen Raf­ferty and her staff paid trib­ute to Ann, who was hugely popular dur­ing her time at the school.

Eileen said:“She of­ten talked with the chil­dren about her ex­pe­ri­ences teach­ing in Africa and used this to en­hance their learn­ing.

“She com­mu­ni­cated her strong val­ues and deep per­sonal faith to the chil­dren in her care.

“She is fondly re­mem­bered by the cur­rent teach­ing staff.

“One fond mem­ory is that Ann would eat a ‘Prize’choco­late bar ev­ery day. It was such a reg­u­lar part of her rou­tine that the shop­keeper would set it aside for her ev­ery morn­ing.”

Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil sec­re­tary Mal­colm Pig­got added: “This is a tragic in­ci­dent and our con­do­lences go to Ann’s fam­ily.”

Ann’s fu­neral will take place at St Colum­bkille’s Parish Church in Ruther­glen at 10am on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 29.

Po­lice Scot­land said that at around 4.10pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13, emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to re­ports of a woman be­ing knocked down on Grey­stone Av­enue, close to the junc­tion with Spring­field Park Road.

A po­lice spokesper­son added:“At this time a Volvo car was trav­el­ling north on Spring­field Park Road and there­after turned right at the‘T’ junc­tion onto Grey­stone Av­enue trav­el­ling east­wards.

At the same time a 64year-old woman was cross­ing Grey­stone Av­enue where she was struck by the car.”

The 46-year-old woman driv­ing the Volvo car was un­in­jured.

The road was closed for a pe­riod to al­low po­lice to make their en­quiries and re­opened at around 10.30pm.

Ann McCart was a teacher at St An­thony’s Pri­mary School

Tragic ac­ci­dent Grey­stone Av­enue

Much loved Ann was a cher­ished teacher

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