Beloved city teacher dies: Husband honours memory

FOR 23 years Robyn Chantler taught at St Mary's College, only walking away after her battle with ovarian cancer became too much.

Mrs Chantler died from the disease on September 27 but her love for the school and her students has been captured in special painting.

Robyn's husband of 42 years Bevan Chantler organised for the brightly coloured painting to feature her favourite colour pink, which was created by artist Anna Bartlett.

With an artwork created in honour of St Mary's teacher Robyn Chantler, who died of ovarian cancer, is Robyn's daughter Emily Chantler, St Mary's College principal Michael Newman and artist Anna Bartlett.
With an artwork created in honour of St Mary's teacher Robyn Chantler, who died of ovarian cancer, is Robyn's daughter Emily Chantler, St Mary's College principal Michael Newman and artist Anna Bartlett. Amy Lyne

"She loved and respected the college community and she got a lot of friendship from it and in return the college community loved and respected her," Mr Chantler said.

"I think the college meant more to her when she was diagnosed around Easter 2012 because when you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and at 43 per cent chance of living five years, it was a death sentence.

"This is our appreciation to St Mary's. It's in honour of her memory."

Mr Chantler is now determined to raise money to fight the disease that took his wife as an official fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Australia.

"We are going to call it Rob's Mob and that will encompass all of our fundraising activities," he said.

"We are going to sell prints of the painting and participate now in all of their fundraising activities."

Robyn Chantler's accounting students from St Mary's College (from left) Xavier Argent, Riley Harvey and Thomas Chambers.
Robyn Chantler's accounting students from St Mary's College (from left) Xavier Argent, Riley Harvey and Thomas Chambers. Amy Lyne

During the presentation of the painting to the college, Mr Chantler also gifted his wife's senior accounting class with a gift each - as had been Mrs Chantler's tradition.

Since her death Mrs Chantler has also been posthumously awarded the Elizabeth McCall Award for 2017 from the Queensland Independent Education Union "in recognition of outstanding commitment to the principles of unionism and encouragement of expression of the collective voice in the pursuit of social justice issues".

"The painting means something of her will always be at the college," Mr Chantler said.

Prints of Robyn's Pinks will be available for purchase toward the end of the month. Go to shinyhappyart.com.



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