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Robin (Robert Ferguson) Cavan, BA, 1954 (died 13 February 2018, aged 86)

Extract from the obituary in the Carrick Times on February 21, 2018

Robin and his twin brother John were born to Jack and Mabel Cavan in 1932.

Growing up in Glengormley, Robin attended the local public elementary school and then Ballyclare High School. After graduating from Queen's University Belfast, he qualified at Stranmillis College before embarking on his teaching career, first at Abbots Cross public elementary in 1955. He then joined Carrick College when it opened in 1959, where he taught for 33 years, retiring in 1992.

Rev Taylor noted: "As the school developed, Robin became head of the geography department with responsibility for audio-visual teaching aids which eventually led to the introduction of computers and IT becoming a new school subject."

He met Dorothy Graham, also a teacher, and they married in 1962 and came to live in Whitehead.

Rev Taylor added: "Robin was a devoted husband and father. Valuing his family above all else he and Dorothy settled down to a happy family life in Whitehead enjoying the many activities that the town offered. Robin was a keen gardener growing his own vegetables, he was an able DIY convert and went to woodwork classes to make furniture for his home and items to help on camping trips.”

"Robin was an active member of St Patrick's Church, a member of Whitehead Golf Club, the church badminton club and the weekend ramblers club."

Robin also played a part in community activities being involved in Whitehead Community Association and running a youth club in the Parochial Hall during the worst of the Troubles. He was a founder member of the Alliance Party and secretary of the Carrick branch.

Mr Cavan's love of the outdoors helped to inspire scores of pupils through the Rambling Club at Carrickfergus College.

Robin Cavan is survived by his wife Dorothy and son Graeme.

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