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Tributes paid to popular former Inverness primary school teacher as funeral arrangements announced

By Alasdair Fraser

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Janet Aitken, former Lochardil Primary School teacher
Janet Aitken, former Lochardil Primary School teacher

A much-loved former Inverness primary school teacher has died at the age of 95.

Janet Aitken, better known to her closest as Netta, passed away peacefully at Raigmore Hospital on February 27.

A resident of North Kessock latterly, she had been a valued member of staff at Lochardil Primary for many years.

Her funeral will take place next Friday.

Announcing her passing, the funeral director John Fraser and Son said: “Janet (Netta) Aitken (nee Paterson), aged 95 years, Point Road, North Kessock, formerly of Old Mill Road, Inverness.

“Retired primary school teacher, Lochardil Primary.

“Beloved wife of the late Harry, much loved mother of Susan and Murray, dear mother-in-law of Kenny and Josie, loving granny and great-granny, and sister of William and the late Daniel.

“Funeral service on Friday 15th March 2024, at 9.30am at Knockbain Free Church, North Kessock; thereafter to Tore Cemetery.

“Family flowers only. Donations in aid of the North Kessock R.N.L.I. may be given at the door. All family and friends welcome.”

Tributes paid on social media give an insight into how fondly she is remembered by friends and past pupils.

Jamie Mackay wrote: “I remember her taking the register on our first day of P7. She said, with a twinkle in her eye, that she was checking nobody extra had tried to sneak into her class.

“Mrs Aitken has left a wonderful legacy in the children she taught. Rest in Peace.”

Andrew Spence said: “Sending my condolences to the family. An incredible teacher of mine in P3, P4 and P7. I can still hear her reciting the times tables at pace in P3.”

Dee Graham commented: “What a wonderful age to get to, for a wonderful teacher. She taught both my sister and I at Lochardil in P7.

“A great teacher who put up with a lot of carry-on in my class. So many happy memories of that class. RIP Mrs Aitken.”

Morag Mitchell said: “Sorry to hear your sad news. A lovely neighbour.Thinking of her family at this time.”

And Sarah MacDougall added: “Netta was a lovely lady.”

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