A POPULAR shorthand teacher and member of Solihull Visiting Service has died.
Gwen Robinson taught shorthand typing and commerce skills between 1953 and 1981 at Birmingham College of Commerce at Gosta Green and at Birmingham Polytechnic.
Born in Moseley in 1921, Gwen lived there until she retired in 1981 and moved to Olton.
Gwen never married and had a very full, happy and independent life.
Only 4’ 11” tall she nevertheless had a commanding presence and was very dynamic with a great sense of humour.
An enthusiastic traveller, Gwen recalled how in 1965 she visited Egypt and took a camel ride by starlight into the desert.
She also travelled behind the Iron Curtain to Moscow and St Petersburg and followed this with visits to USA, the battlefields in Belgium, Greece and most of Europe.
She was an active member of the National Trust, Society for Preservation of Ancient Buildings and Solihull Preservation Trust and over the years she visited almost every Stately Home open to the public.
Gwen was an active member of Solihull Visiting Service for many years – a group of volunteers that visit elderly people in the Borough and arrange various functions for them.
An ardent music lover – especially Opera, Gwen was also a member of Solihull Music Society and of Solihull Record Circle.
Friends gathered to remember Gwen in the Chapel at W H Painter Ltd in South Yardley on Wednesday.