Ian McKay PHF
It was with great sadness that members learned of the death of Ian McKay. He died on 6th April following a long and debilitating illness. He was 84 years old.
A retired local man who spent his working life in the retail food business in Penicuik, Ian was well known in the town and, over the years, was involved in many other activities there.
He became a member of Penicuik Rotary Club in 1973 and has the distinction of being the club’s longest serving Rotarian with 46 years service. Throughout that time he proved himself to be a most dedicated member totally committed to the service of Rotary.
In the course of his years in Rotary Ian performed several different roles. He was International Convenor and way back in 1978 was Junior Vice President. It seems likely that business pressures at that time prevented his further advancement. He also was the club’s Sports Officer for several years, an appropriate role given his personal enthusiasm for golf and curling. He was a tireless worker and a generous donator to the charities the club supported.
Ian could always be relied upon to play a leading role at fund raising events organised by Rotary and he held legendary status in the club as the super salesman of tombola and raffle tickets. At the annual Cheese and Wine evening and, for many years, at the sponsored golf tournament the club hosts to raise funds for CHAS Ian must have personally raised several thousand pounds from the sale of such tickets. At the golf event in particular it was a joke that no one escaped his persuasive clutches.
In 2010 Ian was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the club, a most deserved recognition of his many years of unstinting service to Rotary.
Ian will be missed by all who knew him in Rotary and elsewhere.
PDG Harry Fisher PHF
Harry was a true Rotarian, a perfect gentleman and an upstanding member of the community. He joined the Rotary Club of Penicuik in 1969, served as President in 1988-1989 and as District Governor in 1995-1996.
Harry also served as part of the District 1020 Foundation team in 2004 as alumni officer. He was a willing volunteer on that district team giving his time and effort to Rotary. He was also a regular attender at District, RIBI and RI Conferences.
A Paul Harris Fellow benefactor and committed to our Foundation, Harry remained a sustaining member to our charity despite his Parkinson’s diagnosis and inability to attend club meetings. His continued donations helped us improve health, support education and alleviate poverty. Harry also had other charities he supported but close to his heart was WaterAid. He left a fantastic legacy.
Harry served as Manager of the Bank of Scotland Loanhead Branch for many years.
Outside of Rotary and work Harry was keen on sport. He played cricket for the Bank and was a Season Ticket holder of Queens Park FC. He was also an active member of Loanhead Community Council and Treasurer and Session Clerk of Loanhead Parish Church.
Harry was a creature of habit enjoying family holidays to Cyprus for three weeks every February, same resort, same hotel and same room.
Harry also enjoyed participating in our annual Burns Supper and enjoyed the works of Burns. It is therefore fitting that the Bard should have the last epitaph.
Epitaph on my own Friend
An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Colin Hunter PHF
Colin was first and foremost a loving husband to Jane, a loving father to David and Mary and a loving grandfather to his four grandchildren.
He was a man with a big heart who was generous with his time, talents and friendship. For Colin friendships knew no bounds. He was trained in social work and went on to become depute head of Wellington school (a school for boys with social, emotional and behavioural problems).
He was a life-long student and skilled performer of many of the songs and poems of Robert Burns. The sentiments expressed in “A Mans A Man For A’ That” and in particular the last verse, held particular resonance for him.
Then let us pray that come what may
(As come it will for a that,)
That sense and worth oer a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an a’ that
Its coming yet for a’ that
That Man to Man the world o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that
He played rugby and golf. He was a keen curler and enjoyed Scottish Country Dancing. He loved entertaining and was a leading member of a folk group “The Fu’ Shillin”.
Colin was always destined to be a Rotarian and this he did in May 1993, when he joined the Penicuik club. Colin’s enthusiasm for Rotary convinced several of his many friends to become members. He and Jane attended RIBI and District Conferences. He took every opportunity to visit clubs when on holiday and took part in several overseas visits to Clubs in France and Hungary.
He was a hardworking club member and participated fully in every fundraising event.
He served two terms as club President, 1997-98 and 2005-06 and in June 2014 was the recipient of a well-deserved Paul Harris Fellowship award.
One of the highlights of his time as a Rotarian in Penicuik was when he and Jane took on the role of host family for an Ambassadorial Scholar and her husband, from America.
It was a big wrench for Penicuik when Colin and Jane moved from the town, but a gain for the Eastwood Club, which he wasted no time in joining becoming an influential member and taking the role of President in 2019.
Rotary has lost a great champion in his passing.
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