When Bob Scott retired after 15 years of service to Canowindra High School principal Neryle Smurthwaite described him as a strong advocate for public education.
"It would be remiss not to acknowledge the unparalleled contribution he has made to the young people of our community,” the principal said at the time.
Mr Scott was obviously loved and respected by the many students he guided through their formative years.
"Bob has led the Technological and Applied Studies faculty through significant change and at all times his one focus was on delivering the best education possible for his students whether in the workshop, on the farm or in the classroom," Ms Smurthwaite said.
Following news of Mr Scott’s sudden and tragic death this week, ex student Sarah Ellis described him as a supportive teacher who always praised her.
“I loved Mr Scott, I wasn't the best at tech drawing or metal work but he always encouraged me to have a go and was always supportive,” Ms Ellis said.
“He always praised me on my performances and really made me feel that I was amazing with anything I did.”
Fellow classmate Emily McTaggart said she was lucky to attend Canowindra High and be a member of Mr Scott’s classes.
“I was immensely lucky to attend Canowindra High - a place with so much laughter, love and support from an expert team of teachers and friends,” she said.
“Bob Scott really was at the heart of absolutely everything that was perfect about our school and the entire community,” McTaggart said.
Bob Scott really was at the heart of absolutely everything that was perfect about our school and the entire community.
Former student Caitlin Walker said she has been inspired by Mr Scott’s teaching skills.
“I hope that when I'm a teacher, I have the same amount of passion and dedication as you did.
“Thank you for always pushing me to go as far as I could with soccer and always believing in me as a student. Rest in Peace Mr Scott,” Ms Walker said.