A RETIRED headteacher has died at the age of 85.
Bob Taylor, of Greenside, Mold, was head of Ysgol Bryn Coch for 22 years.
A native of Port Talbot, he studied for his teaching career at Bangor Normal College.
His first post was at Mold Board School (MBS), before moving to Queensferry Secondary Modern.
Mr Taylor then returned as deputy head of MBS before taking the headship at Ysgol Bryn Coch.
His wife Winefred died four years ago.
Cledwyn Ashford, the current head of Ysgol Bryn Coch, said: “This is a very sad time for the school.
“Mr Taylor was known fondly as Mr Bryn Coch. He was a very special man, highly respected and a gentle giant. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Mr Taylor was captain of Mold Rugby Club in the post war years and a founder member of the newly-launched club in the 1970s - he was chairman from 1974-77.
Past club president Richard Jones, of Mold, said: “Bob was a real gentleman and a very affable character.”
He was also a member of Mold Golf Club for a number of years and a magistrate in the town.
Mr Taylor is survived by his daughter Diane, son-in-law Peter, grandchildren Rob and Rees, and great-grandchildren Erin and Maya.
The funeral service at Tyddyn Street Church, Mold, on Monday, October 27, is at 10.45am, and will be followed by Cremation at Pentrebychan.
Donations will be for the Mold branch of Cancer Research.