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July 7, 2016


The memory of the Late Moira Bartlett - Order of service


June 10, 2016


Brian Corless tells us about the passing of Moira Bartlett and the information about the service.


Moira Bartlett, beloved wife of Tom sadly passed away on Saturday the 4th of June. Moira was at the Alexandra Hospice Unit and was with her family when she quietly slipped away.

There will be a celebration of Moira's life on Wednesday 22nd June at 3.00 pm at the Chapel of Rest, 23 Terregles Street, Dumfries followed by committal at Roucan Loch Crematorium. Moira asked that there should be family flowers only but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to charities should anyone wish to do so.

For those wishing to join the family in celebrating Moira's life on the 22nd it is helpful to know that parking at the Chapel of Rest can fill up quite quickly. It might be helpful if people car share where possible and come a good 30 to 40 minutes before the service is due to start and to give yourselves plenty of time.

After the funeral we would like to try to post a copy of the Order of Service.


February 5, 2016
Roy Gutteridge tells us about the passing of Jim Suggit


For our NBR members from Horseferry Road I am enclosing details of the death of Jim Suggitt who worked for NBR
in the Sales Office based at Horseferry Road in the later 1950's before becoming responsible for Industrial Products
Sales for Midlands and South Wales in the 1960's. He was very much involved with our success selling Oil Hose into
the Milford Haven Refineries during this period and with the help of Ian Cameron developed new products.

He left to set up his own business involved in cutting primarily rubber gaskets some 40 odd years ago (SJ Gaskets) .
This business diversified into a wide range of various sealing materials over the years as well as opening a rubber
extrusion manufacturing plant.He supported Uniroyal and Gates by buying certain rubber sheetings, mattings and lighter
duty Conveyor belting up to the time when we ceased manufacture in the mid 2000's. He worked in the business with his
long time business partner Mike James( another Uniroyal employee ) until a couple of years ago.Mike James bought out
his shares and now runs the £5.5 million turnover business with his sons.

I remained friends with Jim until his death.


September 28, 2015

Arthur Birbeck

Arthur's son, Andrew, has been in touch with us about another matter and told us of the passing of his father.

Arthur passed away 11 years ago after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease and inherent complications.

Arthur worked for NBR and then Uniroyal from the mid 50's until 1970.  A close friend and Andrew's godfather was Sandy Kay.

Another close work colleague was Bill McEwan.  


May 26, 2015


Jim Sinclair


Jim was a stalwart of the Mechanical Division accountancy department at Castle Mills . The Editor remembers

in the days of slide rule use that Jim had a black round slide rule whilst everyone else had a flat white one.

Jim was a very competent and a great asset to the old Castle Mills. We pass on our condolences to his wife and family.






October 23 2014


Alice Barclay

Sadly we have to report the passing of Alice Barclay who died unexpectedly
on October 21st   The funeral will be at the Roucan Loch Crematorium near
Dumfries on October 29th 2014 at 12 noon To George and the rest of the
family we extend our sincere condolences



December 23, 2013

Sandy Kay

Sadly we have learned of the passing of Sandy on Sunday, December 22, 2013. 

To Margaret and his family we send our condolences.

Sandy's funeral will be at 11:30am on December 31st at Mortonhall Crematorium

and there will be a collection for the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - www.chss.org.uk organisation

Here is a copy of the program from the funeral service.


Sandy Kay
13th May 1930 – 22nd December 2013


Mortonhall Crematorium 31st December 2013

           The Lord’s My Shepherd
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie in pastures green:
he leadeth me the quiet waters by.
My soul he doth restore again;
and me to walk doth make within the paths of righteousness,
even for his own name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear none ill:
for thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still.
My table thou hast furnished in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me:
and in God’s house for evermore my dwelling-place shall be.

        Abide With me
Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need thy presence every passing hour;
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness:
Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if thou abide with me.
Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee:
In life and death, O Lord abide with me.

Margaret, Marie and Graeme thank you for your presence here today
and invite you to join the family for refreshments at Mortonhall Golf Club.

Should you care to make a donation there will be a collection after the service for
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

                        Here is a copy of the Eulogy
  as created and read by Sandy and Margaret's son Graeme

Sandy was born 13
th May 1930 in South Oswald Road here in Edinburgh before moving to Grange Loan a few years later. He was the second of three children, his older sister Margaret and younger sister Anne. His father James worked as a chauffeur for a wealthy Edinburgh businessmen who also had a house in Benderloch where Sandy and his family spent their summer holidays from 1933 to 1939.

Sandy started his schooling at James Gillespies but when war broke out in 1939, the family remained in Benderloch and dad went to the local school. It remained a very special place for Sandy, and he often talked fondly of his time there. They returned to Edinburgh in 1942, where Sandy went to Boroughmuir High School.

This was also around the time he first met Margaret, she was also at Boroughmuir but they actually met in a chip shop in Newington one Friday night as she was on her way home from Guides. Sandy was not a boy scout, but you could say he had been scouting for guides that night. This Friday night meeting became something of a regular thing, and as we now know, was the start of what was to become a lasting and loving lifelong relationship.

When Sandy left school he joined Henry Robb Shipyard as an apprentice before joining North British Rubber Company as an apprentice draughtsman in 1949.

As Christmas of 1950 approached, Sandy approached Margaret’s mother to ask for her daughters hand in marriage. Much to his dismay, she said that she thought that they were too young and should wait to get engaged at a later date. Being the practical kind of guy that he was, he took the money that he had saved for the ring and bought himself a dinner suit to wear to the Christmas dance that was being held at work. Each time his father then met Margaret or saw Sandy, he would hum Nat King Coles "Too Young", a song which now has a special place in my mothers heart. It is fair to say however that Margaret and Sandy proved them all wrong.

My father was however determined that he had found the right soul mate and so in May 1951 he proposed again and they got engaged before he went to do his 2 years national service in the Army, based at Oswestry..

They got married in June 1954 in Lauriston Church where they were both Sunday school teachers. March 1955 saw the family grow with the birth of my sister Marie, and the family was completed in 1962 when I came along.

During this time, Sandy was progressing his career with North British, taking advantage of his studies at Heriot Watt where he had attended night classes and his earlier apprenticeship. He took the opportunities as they came along, including an opportunity very early in his career to work on a project in the States. He continued to progress becoming Factory Manager at the Castle Mills plant in 1962. However, it

was not all plain sailing – I remember going down to Leith docks with dad to watch the amazing new floating hose which was to be the answer to liquid transfer over great distances of water – only to peer over the side of the dock as it slowly sank to the bottom. In 1972 he moved to Japan as Technical Director for the new joint venture between Uniroyal and Nitta Belting and was instrumental in developing new technologies which are still in use today. The family returned to Edinburgh in 1976, and in 1981 Margaret and Sandy moved first to Belgium and later to Germany before retiring in 1992 after 43 years service. He was very well regarded by all his colleagues and was invited back to Japan in 2001 with my mother as the guest of honour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the new Company.

Sandy made a number of very good friends through both his work and other interests. He was an active member of the Junior Chamber and Chamber of Commerce for many years and joined Corstorphine Rotary on his return from Japan. He later transferred to Braid Rotary becoming a fellow of Braids Rotary in 2005. The friendships that he made were very special to him, and he maintained friendships all around the world. I have heard many a tale of Rotary Conferences and trips to Paris to meet with friends to watch Scotland play rugby, but as they say, what goes on tour stays on tour!

Sandy was fun loving and a really great host. I have early memories of cocktail parties in Japan, and clearer memories of parties in Frogston Terrace. Both their Silver and Ruby weddings were held in the house where dads greatest skill became evident - ensuring nobody’s glass ever became empty – really invitations to dads parties should have come with a health warning!

He and mum would also have people to stay with them on a regular basis in Belgium and Germany – both Marie and I were always made welcome with our friends – and I have many happy memories of my trips as a student over to visit – particularly in Germany as Dad used to have a fine selection of German beers and wines in the cellar!

Dad always had time for his family and welcomed Heather into the family long before we were married. He always enjoyed his gadgets and technology, and whenever Heather and I went to visit, we likened it to visiting Q from the Bond films, as he would proudly demonstrate the newest, often useless, gadgets that he had acquired.

When he retired back to the UK, he found more time for the second love of his life – golf. He was a member at both Ratho and Mortonhall and when he won a few of the seniors competitions, the usual cry of bandit was to be heard around EH10. He also put his practical side to work, helping decorate our various houses as Heather and I moved around the country, building ramps for prams and buggies, and generally

sorting out whatever needed to be done for Marie, Heather or myself. Whilst I was really grateful for all his help, it was always challenging to have two people who wanted to be in charge, and only one who always was! I will let you decide who that was.

Sandy was a great father, and encouraged and supported Marie and me in all that we did. He was also a very proud grandfather, and took great interest in all that his three grandsons did. He was constantly sharing stories of his time in the Army with Alasdair and asking him about his various activities with the CCF and was equally interested in how Robert and Iain were doing with the pipe band. Sadly when dad had his stroke 11 years ago, he couldn’t participate as actively as he would have wanted to, but we still managed to get Dad out to a number of events, rugby matches, pipe band competitions, prize givings and concerts.

He always seemed to have a good knowledge of most subjects and would always be willing to find out anything that he was unsure of. His knowledge of languages was legendary – he worked on the immersion learning principle and whilst he learnt to speak Japanese, French and German, often using all within the one sentence - he would also have a go at whatever other language he felt appropriate – sometimes with interesting results.

But he was first and foremost a loving husband, who dedicated his life to Margaret. The feeling I know was mutual, and mum has totally dedicated herself in the last 11 years to looking after Sandy. The carers from Aspen Hamilton and Lynedoch who have supported both Mum and Dad over the last 5 years have been fantastic, as were all the staff in Ward 51 at the Western General where Dad was recently treated.

As a family we have many happy memories of Sandy, as I know all his friends will do. It is these memories that we will look back on fondly over the coming months and years as we all remember our time with Sandy.



July 15, 2013

Jack Boyd

Published in the Scotsman Publications on 12th July 2013
BOYD Jack (Bonaly, Colinton) Peacefully at home, in Dalgety Bay, surrounded by his loving family, Jack, aged 90 years, formerly of Bonaly, Colinton. Beloved husband of Margaret, much loved father to Ian and the late Neill, also a devoted grandpa and great-grandpa. Treasured memories. Funeral service at Dunfermline Crematorium, on Wednesday, July 17, at 2 pm. Family flowers only please








April 25 2013
 Here we have the Eulogy for our old friend Tom supplied by David Smith 

(5th amendment)

 Tom Bartlett

 Tom was born in Leith on the 8th of November 1935.

The name, Thomas, is derived from the Hebrew word for “twin” and means that the bearer is likely to be “confident, conscientious, likeable and down-to-earth. He fits in anywhere, with a quiet sense of humour”. 

Tom was very appropriately named!

 While living in the little fishing village of St. Combs, (where the two main family names were Buchan or Bruce) having the surname Bartlett was a major problem, which led to a number of unsavoury incidents.

 Over time, Tom became a lean, mean, fighting machine, but ultimately he beat the clan leader fair and square, and from that day on school life became much more enjoyable.

 Tom loved sport throughout his life, especially: tennis, squash, cricket and particularly football, being selected to play for Leith Schoolboys, and being a proud Aberdeen and Hibs supporter.

  He later regretted not becoming a sports commentator as he was far better than many of the professionals!

 In 1948, when his father was posted to Germany, Tom attended King Alfred School, in Ploen, joined later by his sister Kay and brother Jack.

  KAS, as it was fondly known, was a boarding school for the children of service families. 

 It was headed by a very special man called Freddie Spencer-Chapman, whose educational beliefs were ahead of the times, and the special bonds created by those who attended the school continue to this day.

  It has been heart warming for Moira and the family to read the many tributes to Tom on the KAS web-site, where he is fondly remembered for his kindness to others, his sparkly eyes, his black curly hair, and his footballing skills.

 On the family’s return to the UK, Tom continued to play football and cricket, completing his education at Bridlington Grammar School.

He decided to follow his father into the RAF, being posted to Kinloss and later RAF SELETAR in Singapore, travelling on the very same troopship his father had done some years before, the HMS Nevasa.

  Tom had many tales of his time there and a particular favourite was of the night he decided to go drinking in a part of the town that was off-limits.

  As luck would have it, there was a raid by the military authorities, and although Tom protested that he was actually a German, his due punishment was eventually meted out.

 Many years later, Tom was able to take Moira to the camp at Seletar and point out the very place where he had done his “jankers!”

 On leaving the RAF, Tom rejoined his parents in Edinburgh and took up employment with the North British Rubber Company.

 He first met Moira, on a Friday night at the Plaza dance hall in Morningside, and they were married in 1961, setting up home in the city.

 Tom and Moira were blessed with their first three children Graham and the twins Laura and Tracy, but when the girls were just a few months old, Tom and the family moved to Milan where he worked at the UniRoyal plant in Vittuone.

 There, he was affectionately known as “TOMASSO BARTOLETTI”and he was loved and respected by everyone.

 Those were happy years; when lasting friendships were made, the children started school and the family made the most of what Italy had to offer.

  His secretary at that time was always puzzled by his regular visits to see “Georgina,” but it was only when he was leaving that she asked finally:

“who is this Georgina that you keep going to see?” 

  With a twinkle in his eye, Tom explained that it was a family euphemism for a visit to the toilet! 

 On returning to Edinburgh in 1970, Tom worked in Uniroyal Plastics in Newbridge.

 He often said afterwards that the time spent there had been the most enjoyable of his working life, and it was during that time that the family was completed by the arrival of Stephen.

 In 1974, the family moved to the Manchester area where Tom was in charge of the Rubber Regenerating Plant at Trafford Park.

 Those were some of the most challenging years of Tom’s life, coping with the politics of the day and changes in working practices.

  He was able to see the potential for rubber regenerating in an environmental sense, - but at that time no-one was really listening.

  As always, Tom took on those challenges, eventually winning many over to his way of thinking, but it wasn’t enough and the “Rubber Regeneration plant” closed 10 years later, which was always a source of disappointment to him.

 It was at that point, that Tom moved to Dumfries with Moira and Stephen. 

 Initially, it was a hard and difficult time for the family, as it meant leaving Laura and Tracy behind who were both in employment by then, while Graham was at university in Nottingham.

 Over the years, - Dumfries and the friendliness of its people worked its magic and it is an area all the family have come to love and know well.

When Tom retired from “Gates” in the millennium, he enjoyed setting up a consultancy business dealing with quality and health and safety issues for small to medium sized businesses and he served on Employment Tribunals.

Let us take a moment or two to reflect on Tom’s life up until his retirement as we listen to one of his favourite pieces of music.

Mark Knopfler  

“Local Hero”

Tom became a prominent figure in the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association and in time became President of the Association. During this time, he was instrumental in setting up a Golfing Academy to nurture the talents of young players in the south of Scotland.   According to Iain Robin, the secretary of the Association, Tom singlehandedly reinvented the coaching philosophy, using video technology under the guidance of Gordon Gray, which was way ahead of its time. Undoubtedly, Tom’s legacy to golf in this part of the world was his revolutionary approach, and he so impressed the Scottish Golf Union, that they asked him to identify potential talent at (under fourteen) level.

  Mr. Robin concluded that Tom championed the South area through Gillespie Leisure’s facilities at Brighouse Bay, ably assisted by Iain McEwan and Gerry Finnegan, who instilled in young people the importance of diet and fitness.  

  For many years Tom enjoyed being a member of “The County” on a personal level, serving as both Captain and President of the Club.   He was also a member of Southerness, a course he enjoyed more and more latterly – partly because it was flat!   He joined a very select group known as “The OCTOPUTTS” – and he and his fellow members had great times on their annual golfing holiday to Portugal, where Tom was affectionately known as “Jumbo.
Another group, “The Capercaillies,” played different courses around the country and many a good time was spent in convivial company.

Among his many interests, Tom maintained his regular contact with the RAF, and it is RAF Prestwick who we have to thank today for the flag that drapes Tom’s coffin.   He was an active member of the Loreburn Retirement Group and a few years ago, he led the LRG Superstars in a fundraising effort for Cancer Research, as well as acting as their Press Officer for a number of years Tom also helped with the Solway Sound Talking Newspaper.

  Bridge was a favourite, and Tom was at various times a member of the Loreburn, Solway and latterly the Cargen Clubs. In retirement, Tom and Moira were able to enjoy extended holidays, visiting family and friends all over the world in: Vienna, Holland, Strasbourg, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, - not to mention regular trips to Cheshire, Yorkshire and Ireland.

  Without a doubt, the greatest love of Tom’s life was his family.
He and Moira have delighted in watching Graham, Laura, Tracy and Stephen grow into the special people they are, and Tom was so very proud of, and shared in, all their achievements.  He welcomed the addition to the family of Irina, Leon, Ian, Ann-Marie and Vera, and enjoyed every minute of the time he spent with them. His grandchildren truly were the icing on the cake and Tom quite simply adored:  Mathew, Andrey, Timothy, Emilia, Ryan, Kiera, Sam, Ben, Jordan, Fearchra, Donnacha and Aven.

  Each one of them is a unique individual, with amazing and diverse talent, and Moira has the comfort of knowing that a little part of Grandpa is in them all. One of the happiest times of Tom’s life was just over a year ago, when he and Moira celebrated their Golden Wedding surrounded by the family that he loved so much, and who gave him so much in return.

  Although the last few months have been difficult, Tom’s smile never dimmed and his sense of humour was as acute as ever. He accepted calmly what was to be and as a consequence this made everything a lot easier for Moira and the family. The wonders of technology kept Tom in close touch with his more adventurous family members, and how much they wish that there was access to Skype in heaven!

Tom was a humble man who expected nothing, but gave much to many.

  He was a good friend, a wise counsellor and he gave his all to any project he undertook.  He would have been amazed at the tributes that have poured in for him and the distances people have been prepared to travel to pay their respects today. His sparkly eyes and cheery smile will live forever in the hearts of many and he will be remembered as a true gentleman. His family will miss Tom in so many ways, not least of which will be his cheery whistling, as they always followed the sound to find him! He involved them all in his crossword solving - and how pleased they were when they managed to get just one clue right!   Moira and the family would like to thank Dr Joe, the nurses and staff at Charlotte Medical Centre for their loving care of Tom over the years, but especially so in his last few weeks.
A huge thank you goes to Claire, the Macmillan Nurse who gave Tom so much support and solace when it was needed.
A heart-felt thanks to Dr. Martin and all the staff at the Alexandra Unit for their constant loving care and respect of Tom.
Thanks are extended to (the S.T.A.R.S. Team,) The Marie Curie Nurses and Stewartry Care for their help and support.

Thanks also to all family, friends, colleagues and neighbours who have visited, phoned, (arranged for masses to be said,) sent cards, letters, e-mails, flowers, plants and contributed delicious food.

To all those special people who have supported and cared for Tom through his life and in his illness and who continue to support Moira and the family in the times ahead – a sincere and loving thank you.

  “Each life touches this world in a way no others can, leaving not only wonderful memories but lasting imprints in our hearts”.

Tom Bartlett certainly did that.


April 24 2013

  Martin Hale has sent me the order of service for our old friend Tom Bartlett and goes
  on to say: It was a very moving service with the coffin draped with the Union Jack and
  a representative of the RAF in attendance. Many people attended and the Chapel was
  overflowing. Martin Hale together with old colleagues including Richard Donnel, 
 John Campbelton, George Barclay, Brian Corless, Travis Moore, Gerry Robertson, 
  Isobel Swan George Greenfield, John Shaw, John Hanson, David Smith, Barclay Graham, 
  Peggy Higham and their partners were there

  The order of Service is shown below








April 15 2013

Tom Bartlett
  Moira gives advice about parking for those joining her to pay their respect 
  to Tom at his funeral

  Hi folks,
  For those of you who will be joining us on the 24th I feel it wise to point out 
  that parking at the Chapel of Rest can fill up quite quickly.   I would advise 
  that you car share where possible and come a good 30-40 minutes before 
  the service is due to start and to give yourselves plenty of time.  Please 
  also pass the word around in case I have missed anyone.
  Safe travelling.
  Love and hugs
  Moira x=

April 13 2013

Tom Bartlett
  Martin Hale received the following information from Moira about the funeral 
  arrangements for Tom


  There will be a celebration of Tom's life on Wednesday 24th April at 11.00am
  at the Chapel of Rest, 23 Terregles Street, Dumfries followed by committal
  at Roucan Loch Crematorium.  Tom asked that there should be family flowers
  only but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to charities should
  anyone wish to do so.


April 11 2013

 Sadly Martin Hale tells us the news of Tom Bartlett’s passing

  “I have just taken a call from Moira Bartlett to tell me that sadly, Tom passed 
  away this morning, at home with family around him. He came home from the 
  Alexandra Hospice unit yesterday”

  When the funeral arrangements are known we will advise


April 7 2013

Linda Triggs the niece of Margaret Swanson tells us: 

Hi, just thought I’d let you know about the death of my aunt Margaret Swanson.

She worked for North British Rubber Edinburgh from 1st July 1954 to 1983 (UniRoyal)
 as a secretary to general manager (John Kiernan). Her starting salary was £28 per month. 
On her retirement he wrote “You were the most efficient & pleasant secretary I ever had
 the pleasure of working with”.
She told me working for North British Rubber were the best years of her life.
Some people I believe she worked with at the company were Isabel Hefelwhite, 
Mary Hunt & Jean Pinkerton.


Below we have some items referring to Margarets life at NBR

Memorial Service


Letter of Employment Offer

A Thank you from Oliver Kirrane

and from John Kiernan

Long service awards 

A great Photo of Margaret Swanson


March 11 2013

                                          Bill McEwan

Sadly we have been advised of the passing of Bill McEwan our friend and colleague on 
Sunday March 10 

Bill's Obituary from The Scotsman, 
William (Bill) McEwan(The Grange Edinburgh) March 10, 2013.  Bill passed away at 
Ferryfield House, after a long illness. Service at Mortonhall Crematorium, Main Chapel, 
on Tuesday, March 19, at 3pm.

To Bill's family we offer our sincere condolences


February 27,2013

James Allwinkle

Sadly we tell of the passing of our friend and colleague at NBR in Castle Mills                            Jimmy Allwinkle

This obituary notice appeared in the Scotsman on Monday February 25th 2013

ALLWINKLE James (Edinburgh) Peacefully, at Erskine Edinburgh Home, on February 20, 2013, James, much loved husband of Jessie, dearly loved father of Sam, Anne and Gillian, grandad and great-grandad. Funeral at Mortonhall Crematorium Pentland Chapel, on Saturday, March 2, at 11.30 am, to which all are invited. Family flowers only but, if wished, donations sent to Erskine Edinburgh Home or given at service

Here is the Eulogy given at the funeral by Jimmy's son Sam--and we appreciate being allowed to share it


March 3 2013

James Allwinkle

8th December 1921 - 20th February 2013

Mortonhall Crematorium

Saturday 2nd March



             James Allwinkle

                 A Celebration of His Life

       8th December 1921 - 20th February 2013



Dad it is my privilege and honour to be here today to present a synopsis of

your life. I only have a short time to undertake this task and apologise to you

in advance if I have left things out you would have wished me say.

I hope that during this short presentation I bring out the fact that Dad was an

exceptional person, honest, hard -working, brave, courageous, strong and

renowned for integrity, decency and thoroughness with high moral ethics, well

dressed, clean and tidy with an eye for detail.

Dad reached the age of 91 and if I only had a minute to speak for each year of

his life we would be here for an hour and a half!!

Unfortunately I only have about ten minutes to say something so I thought

long and hard about the content, and the context. As I know family, football

and fun where important to him so they will be included within the content and

hardly surprising your age gave me the inspiration to use football as a context

for your life game.

So Dad, sit back and relax in your chair and listen to this short story about

your life.

The Kick off

The whistle blows and your life game kicks off and Dad is born on

8 December 1921 in Poplar London, the second youngest of ten and he was the

last surviving family member. He lived with his Father William Allwinkle (1879)

and Mother Nancy (Giles) (1881).

The lives of Dad and his father spanned 134 years. Dad was brought up in a

family based on Victorian values!!! Work hard, no hand outs from the parish,

keep in work, don't trust anybody, watch your back eat up your food ,roof

over your head, respect your elders, don't talk back etc., etc.

The First Half

During the first half of his life game, Dad lived in Poplar in the East End of

London with his family in a large four storey house and kept chickens in the

back yard.

He attended Alton street primary school and Ricardo street secondary School

and he gained a bursary /scholarship for George Green School however his

Father would not allow him to take this up as he was needed earn a living.

Dad was a good footballer and was Captain of the school cup winning football

team, also played for the East London Schools team and had a trial for West


He left school at 14 to get a job, but unlike his brothers who worked in the

docks Dad worked as a Trainee Auctioneer in the City of London.

His holidays were days out to Southend-on-Sea or hop picking in Kent where

they stayed in a hut for the harvest period.

His most treasured memory of this time was the Silver Jubilee 1935.

War broke out in 1939 and when he turned 18 in 1940 he volunteered for the

RAF and like many of his generation they put their lives on the line to fight

against the twin evils of National Socialism and Fascism.

Dad was with the RAF 603 Squadron as LAC 1443557 an Edinburgh based

squadron that was given the credit for shooting down the first NAZI aircraft in

 WW2 and in the Battle of Britain they shot down 58 aircraft, the highest

scoring squadron in the Battle of Britain.

Dad said that his most traumatic experience at this time was the family home

being bombed in the Blitz and then moving to a Bungalow in Essex.

Dad trained for fighting in the desert of North Africa and went by boat via

South Africa, a place he enjoyed. He saw action in Libya, Cyprus and Sicilly

from 1942-1945 and then was shipped home to be kitted out to fight in the

east. His brother Sam was unfortunately killed in Palestine February 1945.

He was demobbed in September 1946 and met my mum Jessie Gillespie at a

tea dance in Forth Street Edinburgh, and he thought there would be beer!

They were married in December 1946.

Dad stated that the happy events in his life were the births of his children, me

and my sisters Anne and Gillian and said that as a couple the purpose was to

raise a good family.

Initially we lived with my grandparents then to a prefab and a semi- detached

house. He loved gardening and he had an allotment.

We had lots of happy times together including the annual pilgrimage to Essex,

Sunday trips in the car to the Highlands and Borders, singing to pick of the

pops on the way back. Xmas was special for him and Dad would always take

a day of unpaid leave to celebrate this special day! No Scottish holiday then!

He was good fun, loved a laugh, singing at parties and was a good dancer.

He always had a good turn of phrase some unrepeatable but the one we all

know well was based on his honesty and opinion being Don't get me wrong

but. ....... and we all knew what was coming next.

We of course have many memories

Sam  Dad instilled in me the ability to stand up for myself and have self-belief,

the world does not owe you a living and you make your own bed to lie on.  

Anne  Dad never forgot his roots and I was proud of him as a survivor and a

fighter as he survived WW2, many illness and fought back to survive a stroke.

Gillian  Dad gave me a good education and the importance of education, a

belief in honesty and integrity and a strong work ethic.

He studied at Heriot -Watt College and worked as an industrial engineer for

Ferranti, North British Rubber company ,Uniroyal and United Wire all

Edinburgh based companies.

He played semi- professional football for Ferranti thistle in the East of

Scotland League and loved the annual England v Scotland encounter.

Dad the first half is almost finished and the whistle blows with 45 minutes on

the clock and what it is the year?1966 ! I am sure you would wish me to

remind your Scottish friends here today that England won the world cup lest

they have forgotten!!

The Second Half

The whistle blows for the second half and we are all growing up. My Dad was

a believer in good education and worked hard to earn money to invest in

private education with both my sisters attending James Gillespie's School for

Girls. He also bought a Bungalow with a large garden so that he could grow

vegetables.  He loved gardening.

During the second half of Dad's life we grow up, got married and had children

Wendy, Sam, Jon and Pauline and his grand -children have fond memories of

times with him.

Wendy  He never lost his sense of who he was and where he came from and

was proud of his London East end accent .He was the reason I went to


Sam   His special phrases such as enjoying it, reminiscing about the war,

giving me career advice and watch your back don't trust anyone!

Jon   He was inspirational and was my moral compass. I loved talking with him

about when he was a youngster.


Pauline   Standing up for myself and telling me than one of his proudest

moments was watching me performing in Princess Street Gardens for the

Queen at the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

I loved his cooking and baking and his walnut cake.


Dad was a good cook and loved cooking and baking.

The legendary Sunday Lunch which he cooked and dished out with come on

,chop, chop eat up as it will get cold with our mum taking away the plates

almost before we were finished to wash up. Her kitchen was spotless and

organised as was the house and all in good order.


They would often look after our children, Jon and Pauline and play charades

with Dad's favourite Gone with the Wind! He would take them to the dogs at

Powder Hall and after get fish and chips from the Jubilee and to eat them in

the car with the pre-packed cutlery!


Dad and mum went on many holidays .They loved Scotland and they toured

the highlands and had many long weekends up North!

They also went abroad to Yugoslavia and Majorca and enjoyed to themselves



Dad retired and became an active bowler and played for many different clubs.

He enjoyed the theatre and musicals and had a very active life. He liked the

odd flutter on the horses with Cheltenham his favourite meeting and he

always organised the annual Family Grand National Sweepstake.


Dad and Mum were enjoying life when suddenly at the age of 77 Dad had a

stroke which had life changing consequences. It was touch and go if he would

live but he pulled through. He was told he would never walk again and would

be in a care home but he fought back, learned how to stand and walk with an

aid and eventually home to live with Mum.


They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2006 and renewed their

vows at Liberton Church and of course we had a party at our house to



Our children also married and had Children Sam and Audrey with Naomi and

Nia, Pauline and Craig with Freya and Cameron, Jon and Angela with Emma

and Wendy with Sam. Dad loved his grandchildren and blew a kiss to their

photographs each night before he went to sleep.


In 2008/09 Mum was hospitalised and with failing health she was not able to

attend to his care. To protect Mum, Dad decided that he needed to go into a

residential care and fortunately being an ex- serviceman he was eligible for

Erskine Home Edinburgh and entered as a resident in September 2009.


Dad reached his 90th birthday and we all celebrated this occasion. The final

whistle would normally be blown for most games but Dad was now moving

into stoppage time, extra time and maybe even a penalty shoot- out! What we

do all know in life is that there is no replay!

Stoppage Time

In stoppage time, Dad's last year he looked fit and healthy and looked like he

could live forever.


We sometimes talked together about death and you kindly gave me the story

of your life that you produced at Erskine to use for your Eulogy.

You also asked me to look after Mum if you passed away and, I of course

promised I would do that for you without reservation.


One'of his highlights was an Erskine competition, Footballing Memories which

he won 'and was taken through to Hampden where he met hundreds of others

like himself. He met football stars past and present and held the Scottish Cup

He was so pleased and I have a picture with him with the cup.


Mum unfortunately was unwell after breaking two hips and was in hospital but

Dad supported her and gave her inspiration to recover.


Xmas day was special for Dad and Mum and they always spent Xmas with us.

It was a logistical exercise to get them out for Xmas but we managed so they

could spend their last Xmas together. We managed to get them sitting

together by the fire with a blanket over them and told them no hanky panky!!


Christmas is always a very special time and my lasting memory was their last

Xmas when Pauline and Craig arrived and passed him his 6 month old great

grandson Cameron. He had a flat cap on just like one that Dad wore. Dad was

in tears and smiled and hugged Cameron, a chip of the old block and he

looked so happy.


Unfortunately Dad became unwell on Boxing Day and was hospitalised on 3rd

January with a chest infection. He recovered and went back to Erskine but

had lost weight and became weak. He got another chest infection and

unfortunately on 20th February at 3.25am and God blew the final whistle and

Dad's life match ended.


What a game! What a life! What a player! Well done Dad and well played and

you now deserve a well- deserved rest and move upstairs to the director's

box in the stand.

Anyway Dad before I go and before you say it I will remember to put the bet


  Mind how you go.

God bless.


The RAF were represented at the Funeral Service. A lady Officer laid a wreath and 
 the Last Post was played by an RAF serviceman. Very touching and  in honour of 
Jim's RAF service in WW2




December 20, 2012

Ted Murray

Martin Hale our hard working Secretary says:
Thank you for including everything about Ted on the Rinklies website. I must acknowledge the input and local knowledge of David Smith particularly about the local Burns Organisations. And obviously Teds connections with them.

 Between the three of us, You, David S and myself, we have covered Ted proudly.

Sadly we have to report the passing of our old friend and colleague on December 18 2012. The funeral will take place on

January 11, 2013

Thanks to Martin Hale we have this report;

Ted  Murray’s service at the Chapel of Rest  on Friday January 10 2013 was crowded with old friends to say farewell –it was standing room only

Below is the outside cover of the Order of Service







Here is a copy of the Eulogy for Ted  

January 14, 2013


 Edward Murray was born on the 9th of September 1931.

 He grew up in North London with his sisters, Kathy and Anne, whom he referred to as “Fatty” and “Skinny” when he was a young boy! (Obviously Ted wasn’t as charming in those days!)

 He was educated at a boys’ Grammar School, where he did very well in his School Certificate exams, leaving at 16 to begin his first job at “Unilever” in the capital.

 It was there that Ted made a host of friends, some of whom remained life-long, and have even made the journey to be here today!

 Ted appreciated the importance of a good acquaintance and never gave up on any friendship.

Together Ted and his pals cycled the British countryside as well as all over Europe, staying at youth hostels to break the journey.

  They tried many sports, including some rather dubious (and hilarious) sailing excursions.

 Despite having a wonderful time, they all decided to gain some further qualifications by attending night school.

  Ted chose to study Economics and achieved an excellent diploma in the subject.

  Indeed, he attained top marks in his year and was presented with an award for this by Ernest Bevin, one of the country’s most eminent politicians at the time.

  Ted met Joyce at his local Tennis Club and fell madly in love, marrying the girl of his dreams in 1961.

Ted briefly worked for an import/export broker in the City of London and then joined Uniroyal, who promptly promoted him to a post in Geneva, where he and Joyce lived very happily for some eight years. 

 Once again he met many great friends from all over Europe and they kept in touch until recently, meeting every other year in a different country.

The local children in Switzerland all loved “Uncle Ted” and he became Santa Claus for them every Christmas.

Ted’s family regularly visited Geneva and on one occasion Ted and Joyce drove his mother and sister to three countries in one day.

From Geneva, Ted was transferred to Germany for a couple years – where he honed his skills in the language.

  He was fluent in both French and German, and was also a skilled speaker of Spanish and Italian, before he finally arrived at Uniroyal’s head office here in Dumfries.

 Ted and Joyce promptly fell in love with the town and its people and for the next thirty years, Ted proudly called Dumfries home.

 Joyce did voluntary work for the W.R.V.S.  / while after retiring Ted put his heart and soul into the Holywood Trust, helping young people turn around their lives.

 Ted loved this work and remained a valuable member of the team until he was 74.

 He would often meet ex-residents on the street and was proud of the fine adults they had become.

 Ted being Ted, quickly made friends in Dumfries and he joined every conceivable organisation – and perhaps even more so after he lost his beloved wife in 2005.

  He worked voluntarily for Re-Map; - He joined the local National Trust for Scotland; - the History & Antiquarian Society; - The Probus Club; - The Franco-Scottish Society, - The Burns Howff Club, and The University of the Third Age.

 He often ended up on the committee of the aforementioned clubs and even chaired some of them as well! 

  Ted was also involved with the philosophy group, the Jazz Club, a French conversation group and he even attended ballroom dancing sessions! – and that just gives a flavour of Ted’s interests! 

 Indeed, he was a very proud President of the Dumfries Burns Club - which isn’t bad for a north London boy, although he modestly reckoned that his surname might have helped!

   He did a very good job of addressing the haggis and could recite many of Burn’s other poems with aplomb.

 Ted gave talks to many groups, including the Women’s Institute and latterly his pet subject was the origins of words and phrases – a topic in which he would encourage the participation of his audience.

Whenever Anne and Kathy visited Dumfries, they could hardly walk along the High Street without their brother being greeted again and again.

It seemed to them that Ted was everyone’s friend........and he was.


December 27 2012

The arrangements for Ted Murray’s funeral.

Friday 11th January 2013.
11.00am at Chapel of Rest, 23 Terregles Street, Dumfries DG2  9AA,   
thereafter to Rouken Loch Crematorium, Collin


Below is an excellent story about Ted and his love of Burns although not a Scot

Our Thanks to David Smith
Ted Murray and Robert Burns 

Ted Murray had an early introduction to Scotland’s National Bard. Not long after he arrived in Dumfries, Bill Farrell invited him to a Burns Supper in the Globe Inn. Ted later said that he had no idea what was happening. A man with a Chain was shouting in a strange language and brandishing a knife at what he thought was a large sausage on a plate. He feared he was about to witness a sacrifice.  After that inauspicious beginning, Ted accepted an invitation to a more genteel gathering of Dumfries Burns Club held in the upmarket County Hotel and to which he could take his wife Joyce, a world away from the raffish male only suppers in the Globe.  He later joined the club initially for the social aspects but in due course was elected president of one of the oldest Burns Clubs in the world, instituted 1820. As a southerner, he was very proud of his election and at the Burns Supper during his year in the chair, won much praise for reciting Burns’ “Address to the Haggis” with correct pronunciation in lowland Scots. A far cry from the ceremony he had witnessed in the Globe some years earlier. 

The Burns Club appointed Ted as a delegate to the Southern Scottish Counties Burns Association, consisting of all the Burns Clubs in Dumfries and Galloway and he later served with distinction as president. He represented the Association on the world wide Burns Federation based in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire where  his gregarious personality made him a popular figure at their quarterly meetings and with his professional background, he served on the Marketing Committee, working to promote Scottish heritage and culture as well as interest in the poet’s life and works.   

Ted Murray’s interest in Robert Burns was genuine and he immersed himself in the “Burns Cult” locally. He was soon he was in demand as a speaker at suppers throughout the region where his witty reply to the “Toast to the Lasses” enlivened many a gathering. Although he regarded Dumfries Burns Club as his home, he found himself a member of the Burns Howff Club based at the Globe Inn and was a respected committee member at the time of his death. He looked forward to the outings and activities especially the annual trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he often led the charge into closes and wynds to seek out a hidden venue. 

Ted’s passing was felt by a very wide circle of friends in the Burns scene nationwide and he will be sadly missed by many. This verse from Burns may be appropriate as a tribute. 

“Now Sir, if ye hae friends enow,
Tho real friends I b’lieve are few;
Yet, if your catalogue be fow,
            I’s no insist:

But, gif ye want ae frien that’s true,
            I’m on your list”

Burns, “Epistle to J. Lapraik,” 1785 


We hope to have some words about Ted’s long career with NBR/Uniroyal shortly

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Here is a cutting from the Dumfries "Standard" with the details of Ted Murray's funeral.


                                                  Ted in a relaxed mode



June 12 2012
Frederick (Fritz) Weber

Thanks to George Greenfield we discovered that Fritz Weber had died in February 15 this year 2012.
The following is part of their obituary found by using Google

Married 65 years, Fritz and Wanda died within a few days of each other from separate illnesses.
Wanda Friday, Feb. 10 and Fritz, Feb.15, 2012.

.Fritz was born Aug. 9, 1924 in Quincy, IL. Wanda was born in Rochester, N.Y. Oct. 10, 1925.
Fritz grew up on a farm in Ursa, Illinois; Wanda was a Chicago city girl. They met at the University
of Illinois and enjoyed a long and happy life together focused on family, community, and career.

Fritz and Wanda lived in several states as well as Scotland due to Fritz's successful career as a
corporate leader for Uniroyal (now Michelin). At the age of 50, Fritz retired from that career and
he and Wanda started Management Recruiters in Cedar Rapids, IA where Fritz was owner and
president/general manager while Wanda managed the secretarial service end of the business.
They enjoyed this career together for 25 years.

Fritz was a WWII Navy veteran serving on a destroyer escort in the Pacific. He fought in the Battle
of Okinawa. .

To his family we have sent our condolences



May 4 2012

Vic Wallis

Martin Hale received the sad news from Mike Underwood who was Vic’s Godson

"I thought you would like to know that Vic Wallis passed away on 24 April 2012.
He had a stroke and never recovered. He was a great man and will be missed".

Albert Rose has kindly created a short description of Vic's life prior to the full obituary being posted.  

Vic M. Wallis

We note the sad passing on April 24th 2012 of Victor Matthew Wallis who succumbed to a heart attack following a somewhat protracted period of ill health. He was 90 years of age.

Known to one and all as ‘VIC’  he joined the company in the late 1950’s from the now defunct BTR Company where he was a protegee of the highly regarded Owen Greene

He joined us in the London HQ at Horseferry Road taking over the position of General Sales Manager Mechanical Goods.

In addition to his professional capabilities Vic Wallis exhibited a strong outgoing personality and was very popular amongst all with whom he came into contact. He was especially welcomed by those who worked for him because he was always very supportive.

Not surprisingly, this combination of professionalism and personality enabled him to rise quickly through the management structures. Soon it became obvious these attributes would prove valuable beyond the confines of Europe and he increasingly took on more wide ranging roles around the World. Eventually he was based at the headquarters of Uniroyal in Oxford Connecticut. It was at this stage that Vic decided to become an American citizen. Following the culmination of a long and successful career he chose to remain in the country of his adoption and eventually retired to California.

Vic is survived by his wife Edith his daughter Amanda, and a granddaughter who is about to graduate from Bowen College To them all we send our sincere condolences



January 8 2012

Below we have the Front cover  of the order of service  at Tom's Funeral 

February 15 2012

Below we have a Eulogy from Tom's Daughter Christine

Followed by an Eulogy by his Granddaughter Laura

and now followed by a an appreciation by Tom's colleague Roy Gutteridge


December 29 2011

This was kindly sent in by Roy

Tom Lee
Funeral arrangements are as follows :Service will take place at 14.30 on Monday 9th.January 2012 at Holy Trinity Church,Church Road ,West End, Woking, Surrey GU24 9QT followed by Cremation. Family request no flowers  only donations to British Heart Foundation.
Christine has asked me to say a few words at the funeral  about Tom's working life at NBR/Uniroyal/Gates.
Best regards

December 21 2011
Tom Lee

Roy Gutteridge tells us:

 Sorry to be the carrier bad news for 2011.I have to tell you that Tom Lee passed away in Hospital in Surrey late last evening after deteriorating very badly  in the last week or so.   I will let you have details of funeral arrangements when they are available.  If anyone wishes to send In Memoriam messages  to his family his daughter’s address is

Mrs Chris Edwards,  18,Keynsham Way, Sandhurst, Berkshire    GU47 OSB.




May 24 2011
Marge Furmage

Bill Farrell tells us of the death of Marge Furman who worked in Tottenham Court Road and Horseferry Rd, offices .  Marge ran the reception area and was responsible for organising all
travel arrangements for London office staff.
Marge was always very protective of her age but we believe she was mid to late 80's



March 14 2010

Sadly we learn of Steve Mouat's death in the Shetland Isles on 30th January 2011
Steve served in several capacities in NBR/Uniroyal
Ron Scott and his wife Margret traveled up to the Shetlands to attend the funeral
We are grateful to Ron Scott and Steve's widow Monica for this resume of Steve's working life.

Steve worked with NBR and subsequently Uniroyal from 1964 until his final retirement in 1993

He had a stellar career as is shown below.

Steve started at Castle Mills in the Industrial Engineering department in 1964
Transferred to Heathhall 1967 as Industrial Engineering Manager

1974 promoted to Factory Manager on the sudden death of Gilbert Crerar

Steve remained at Heathhall as Factory manager until 1979

He was transferred to Belgium in 1979 until 1981when he was brought back to UK and served in Horseferry Road for 8 months until he was promoted to Plant Manager Newbridge Tyre Plant where he remained until 1988

He was then in 1988 offered a senior Vice President’s position in USA where he served until 1991

He retired in 1991 and returned to UK

His retirement was short lived, he was asked and accepted a job to

take over a Tyre Plant in Dublin

He eventually retired in 1993

Steve achieved fame for all his hard work for the Company and the Community and In the New Years Honours list of 1987 Steve was awarded the OBE which was presented to him in 1988



January 5 2011
Alexander Forbes

Sadly we learn from his daughter Lorna, of the passing of her father  on December 7, 2010,aged 92 . He was one of nature's gentlemen and will be sadly missed. He kept in touch with the Rinklies and attended some of the dinners. Alex will be remembered by many in the sales and manufacturing areas of the Company.
Alex was the Castle Mills representative for the USR Overseas operation and was very well respected for his fact finding efficiency

We pass our sincere condolences to his family

December 5 2010

Jean Currie—my Mum 

a Eulogy by her daughter   Audrey Lyon

Mum was born on the 9th June 1931 at Lamrickhall, Kirkmahoe, she was followed by two brothers, Frances and Gordon. Francis died in 1990 very suddenly of a Heart Attack
Mum worked hard at school and then went on to Secretarial College. Upon leaving college she started work at Caledonian Buses—later to become The Western Bus Company

She joined North British Company in 1952 as Secretary until she retired in 1991
North British became Uniroyal in 1966

She married William Currie, better known as Wull in 1956 and after 7 years I was produced. I think I must have been too much for them as they never had any more. She took six years out when I was born in 1963 returning in 1969.

Her years at Uniroyal were very happy. My Mum worked in the Technical Department and was the only female until years later when young Alison Brown came and joined her. Mum was thoroughly spoiled and became known to many of the new boys who were transferred down from Edinburgh as their Doonhamer Mum 

Mr. Richard Bell was one of these new boys who later became President of Gates Rubber Company. He left Dumfries to go to Japan in 1979 and he tells me that Mum went to visit him and his family before they moved. His third daughter was just born and Mum’s comment was “How can you take this beautiful wee thing away to Japan, it’s so far and so foreign ! For a woman who was never out of Scotland at that time I guess it was for her. Richard kept in touch with her for a number of years and she was so proud of his achievements. I am honoured that he is here today.

The other men in her factory life that I have to mention were John Shaw, Tim McLeod, Martin Hale, David Smith, and Ian Swan. She came home almost every night, laughingly tell me all the antics that they got up to during the day.  I don’t know if her Boss Travis knew of all the jokes that were played but it seems to me there was never a dull moment! She was a second mother to them all!

When she retired, she was given a Performance Appraisal& Improvement P. I would like Mark to read this out now.

 Below is the actual evaluation


My Dad was never one for traveling, so holidays were always at Blackpool, in the caravan, which they loved but I always felt that she didn’t really get a holiday as she was still cooking, cleaning, etc

However when she retired she decided to broaden her horizons and take off without Dad. Her and her friend Avril took off on various excursions to Europe with Gibson’s Buses, she also had a trip to Italy with her very close friend and neighbour of the last 50 years, Bet Edgar.  Mum in her day loved dancing. They would go to all the dances in their heyday!. She loved most music from Scottish dance to Tom Jones, Engelbert, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.

Mum and Dad celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1st June 2006. It was low key because neither of them liked a lot of fuss. Unfortunately Mum had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1999 and by 2006 the symptoms were beginning to be more obvious. Dad tried to manage but by 2008 he decided he had had enough, and as his own health deteriorated, he died on 4th May 2008.

Mum was admitted to Cargenholm Nursing Home where she lived out the last years of her life. She struggled for a couple of weeks in the strange surroundings, but as time went on she became very happy and enjoyed all the entertainment, trips out, and the attention that she got from all the staff. Sometimes she would hear a country being talked about and she would immediately pipe up that she had been there ………….on Gibson’s Bus—even if it was Japan or Australia !

There was hardly a day gone by when I went in and if there was music on or entertainers, Mum was on the floor dancing away either by herself or with a member of Staff and enjoying every minute.

I would like to thank all the staff for their kindness to her

Lastly –I would like to dedicate this song to her, it’s called Mama


Martin Hale tells us on behalf of those who served at Heathhall with Jean that “Jean was a very popular Lady with the Power Grip and Technical departments at Heathhall.”  

A fitting memory of her--Editor








Walter F Nutt

Sad to note another of the old school has passed on Walter was Factory Manager
 of the Hose plant at Castle Mills in the early 70's. This press cutting  was kindly 
sent in by Frank and Doris Berry who received it from the USA, and we thank them





December 4 2009

David Hanson

Sadly we have to report the passing of David Hanson who joined NBR in 1967 

David's funeral is on December 10th at 10.00 a.m. at :-East Riding Crematorium 
 Bridlington,  Langtoft, Diffield YO25 3BL
(01377 267 604)

No flowers but donations to Cancer research would be appreciated.

His illness was detected just two months ago. His widow Anne is being comforted by their 
children Lindsay, Amber, Tammy, Nick and Stephen.

Richard Bell has kindly given us, from his memory  of David from the time he joined North British 
Rubber company in 1967.direct from a year at the National College of Rubber Technology. He had a BSc from Newcastle University prior to attending Northern Polytechnic where he attained Associateships of the Institute of the Rubber Industry and of the College. He was as we say "A Rubber Man"



November 14 2009

     Imelda Young

It is with sadness that we have to report the passing on October 22nd of Imelda Young, the wife of Leo Young, the proprietor of J.J.Gillan,  the Uniroyal / Gates distributor in Eire. There will be a memorial service for Imelda in Dublin on November 28th 2009. Bill and Evelyn Farrell will be attending the service as representatives of the Rinklies

August 2009
George Dunnet

Sadly we report the passing of George DUNNET On 30th June 2009, peacefully at Lochmaben Cottage Hospital,  Dumfries, George's funeral was held on  Friday 24th July 2009  
Many will remember George for his technical expertise in Rubber and specifically in the Hose area
To his family we offer our condolences




December 17 2008
Alastair Johnston 

, We are sad to report the passing of Alastair Johnston in early December  2008 , 
His funeral took place on Fri 12thDec at Tayport Parish Church and buried
 in Tayport parish cemetery. --Bill and Evelyn Farrell attended 



September 11 2008
Alex Robertson
Here are two dedications for Alex from John Campelton of our old colleaugue

Copy of a postcard from John


September 10 2008
Alex Robertson

John Campbelton tells us :
Alex Robertson   passed away  early 0n August 26 2008. Alex started at Castle Mills in 1941  and retired from Royalite in  1983.he would have been 82 on his next birthday. He died suddenly but peacefully in Springfield Bank Care Home. His cremation took place in the Pentland Chapel at Mortonhall at 12.30pm on Monday September the 1st.

All friends were welcome and at his request no black ties were worn 

With fond memories of a respected colleague.
John Campbelton.

 July 2 2008
Paul Richard McDermott 
(5-08-1924   ----  26-05-2008)

Linda Gill, Paul's daughter tells us :

My Father’s funeral was very moving with many friends and family in attendance. It 
was a military funeral, his coffin was draped with the Union flag and he was saluted
 by veterans both from the UK and Belgium. The sounding of the last post by a 
bugler was a very emotional moment.   I am attaching the eulogy, as requested, that 
was given in both English and Flemish. 

and also sent us the Eulogy from his funeral:

We gather here not to mourn the passing of a very fine, generous, and loving man, 
but to celebrate that he is now safely in the hands of our Lord.

Paul Richard McDermott was born on the 5th of August 1924 in Gharial, India. 
Maybe the fact that he started travelling the world at only 3 months of age was 
an indication of his future life.
Paul, with his brothers and sisters, spent a very 
happy childhood in London until the outbreak of World War II. The war was to 
be life-changing.

Paul experienced great danger in the Normandy Campaign and the fight for the 
Liberation of Europe. Like most soldiers he rarely spoke of the war but when he did 
he said that, apart from being permanently scared, he also experienced excitement, 
humour and great comradeship.

  The war brought about what was to be the most significant change to his life when, 
as part of the liberating forces in 1944, he met a young Belgian woman - Rosa. She 
captured his heart and they married in Lier in 1946 - a marriage which lasted for over 
60 years until Rosa’s death in 2007.

Just before she came to England Rosa wrote to Paul that she was sure that she 
would never regret marrying him - she never did. He was indeed a wonderful husband
 and father to his and Rosa’s only child - Linda.

Paul’s career took him and Rosa to many parts of the world, making homes in England, 
Switzerland, Turkey and Hong Kong. He made many much valued lifelong friends 
throughout his long career.

In retirement he fulfilled a promise to Rosa by choosing to return to Belgium, a country
 he loved. He and Rosa also had a home in California where three of his sisters and a 
brother were living.

Paul was, above all, a family man and willingly took on the role as a surrogate father to 
nephews and a niece whose parents were working abroad. He loved children and 
delighted in hearing news of his ever increasing family.

  He fought his last battle in the same way he spent his life -with personal bravery and 
much h
umour. Family and friends have sent messages from all over the world. Their 
thoughts can all be summed up in one simple statement – ‘he was such a wonderful man, 
so funny, and kind’.

He was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and a 
good and loyal friend.

Paul celebrated last Christmas and New Year with his family, including his great 
grandchildren who were such a
source of great delight to him. It was, however, very 
clear how much he missed his soul mate Rosa and that his main desire was to be with her.

Paul and Rosa wrote a letter to Linda to be opened in the event of both of their deaths. 
They told her, and through her all their family and friends, to - “Rejoice! Yes, rejoice with 
us in our new found freedom. We have waited a life time for this. We are happy! Keep 
this always in mind - we are happy! We would not want to come back.”

For many the world is a less happy and less funny place without Paul  He will always
 be remembered for his great kindness, friendship, humour and love by all his 
family and friends.

  Paul will be forever in our hearts.

May 27 2008
Paul McDermott

  Linda Paul’s daughter tells us that :
My dad passed away very peacefully at 10am CET, yesterday 26th May 2008 in Lier 
Belgium. I know that he was more than happy at the prospect of being reunited with 
my mum.  Death was something that he welcomed and met with the good humour and 
bravery that typified his life.
He and I very much appreciated all the phone calls and e-mails that we received in the 
last two months, since we knew the cancer prognosis. The care he received in the 
Palliative Care unit in Lier was wonderful and I will be ever grateful to the staff. I believe 
that they in turn will never forget their 'English Patient' who always welcomed them with 
a smile and a joke.
The funeral will be next Thursday 5th June at 11.30am in Lier.

I feel sure that you will join me in sending our condolences to Linda on her sad loss



April 10 2008
John S. Wilkie

Sadly we have to report the passing of John Wilkie on February 26th 2008,
Below is the cover from the Celebration service for his life 
The Editor wishes to thank John Campbelton for his great help in providing the information

A feature from the 1950 NB News tells us that John Wilkie started at castle Mills in the early 40’s working in the Lab and R& D He was one of the founding fathers of Royalite. He left Castle Mills in 1966 to introduce plastics packaging to Wilkie and Paul. He retired in 1984 and then helped found Polbeth Packaging before selling out to an American group
January 19 2008
Ed Osterman 
Ed passed away in November 2007 . Through the good offices of Ted Murray we have the following to add to the Obituary published in the Newtown Bee

"Ed Osterman was a very much respected member of the (NB)Uniroyal team. Ed was transferred to Geneva from San Francisco in 1964 where he served in Europe as “Director of Sales, Industrial Products, Western Europe"  from approximately 1964 to 1967. He reported to Jack Baumer in Geneva as did Ted Murray who worked directly for Ed in Geneva. In 1967 Ed was transferred  back to 1230, Avenue of the Americas, corporate office in New York.  
When Uniroyal moved out of New York City to the new Corporate  Facility at Middlebury, Connecticut. Ed, along with nearly everyone from "1230", relocated to Connecticut where he worked on Industrial products especially Engineered Systems made in Mishawaka and sold world wide until he retired. 
Ted Murray who now resides in Dumfries has kindly supplied this information. "

Here is the obit from the Newtown Bee. 
--We thank  John Mount and Martin Hale for guiding us to the notice below

Edward T. Osterman
November 15 2007
Committed Community Member
Edward T. Osterman, 79, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather died November 8 at Danbury Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Marguerite.

The son of Edward J. Osterman and Adelaide (Hoppe) Osterman, Mr Osterman was born in Teaneck, N.J., on August 12, 1928.

He is survived by two sons, David Osterman and his wife, Kimberly, of Broomfield, Colo., and Thomas Osterman and his wife, Angel, of Waterbury; and his sister, Arlene Styring of Whiting, N.J. Max, Cole, and Amber will miss their Grandpa.

Mr Osterman served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from Newark Engineering College and had a distinguished career at Uniroyal that spanned 40 years until his retirement in 1987. He ran his own Industrial Export business for many years there after.

He was a well-known community figure in Newtown. Mr Osterman was a longtime parishioner at St Rose of Lima Church, where he served on the parish council. He was a member of the Winterset Ski Club. A past president and member of the Board of Directors for Newtown Housing for the Elderly, he was involved in the expansion of Nunnawauk Meadows.

Next to his family, Mr Osterman's next great love was the Rotary Club. He joined the Newtown Rotary Club in 1986 and served as president from 1991 to 1992. He served as the governor's representative for two years and he served as governor of District 7980 (Southern Connecticut) 1996 to 1997. He was involved in many Rotary District committees. He was actively involved in Rotary's Group Study Exchange program for seven years.

Most recently, Mr Osterman served on the board of the World Help Foundation, which serves as a catalyst to focus attention on the problem of unsafe drinking water throughout the world.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated November 12 in St Rose of Lima Church. Interment was in St Rose Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Newtown Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 263, Newtown CT 06470.


August 29 2007

Bill Hare

This was the announcement in the Scotsman on Wednesday August 29th 2007 recording the passing of our old friend Bill Hare

Hare, William (Bill) Haddington Peacefully, on Saturday 25 August 2007, at Cockenzie House Nursing Home, with his daughter Jen and Granddaughter Lorna watching over him . Bill, husband of Doreen. loving Dad of Bruce, Jen and Keith, proud grandad and great- grandad of the family. A service will be held at Seafield Crematorium, on Friday, August 31, at 1 pm, to which all family and friends are welcome. Family flowers only, please. No black ties.


February 26 2007

Mary (Molly) Jackson of Rubber Regenerating Company

Sadly, we have to advise that Mary (Molly) Jackson died on 12 February 2007 after a short illness at Wyncourt Private Nursing Home in Altrincham Cheshire, aged 86 years.
After a small family service Molly was cremated at Altrincham Crematorium on Thursday 22 February 2007.
Molly who was born in Sale worked at The Rubber Regenerating Company in Trafford Park which eventually became part of Uniroyal Chemical.
Molly was employed at "Rubber Regen" as a personal secretary and worked for the following Managing Directors: H.K.Mills, A.J.Stuart, J.T.Lowe and latterly T.H.Bartlett Production Director.
Molly was an accomplished musician, a keen cyclist and dedicated her whole life to looking after her parents.
She was a highly regarded employee of the Company and was certainly one of the old school of secretaries in that her quality of work and ethics were to the highest standards.
Molly who died from lung cancer spent some time in St Ann's Hospice in Cheadle.


January 18 2007
Rosa McDermott

It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of Rosa McDermott the wife of Paul McDermott who worked for many years for NBR and subsequently Uniroyal in the London Sales for Mechanical products
To Paul and his family we send our sincere condolences on their great loss

February 4 2007
We now are able to add the eulogy given for Rosa at her funeral service in Belgium.  Linda, Paul and Rosa's daughter tells us that Dermot, my Father’s eldest nephew, who used to stay with my parents during his holidays while his parents were in Brazil , read the Eulogy in English. My cousin Chris’ partner read the eulogy in Flemish.

We gather here not to mourn the passing of a very fine, generous, and loving lady, but to celebrate that she is now safely in the hands of our Lord.
Rosa Joanna McDermott was born on the 20th of August 1926 in Lier, Belgium.

Rosa and her younger sister Jeanne spent a happy childhood in Lier until the outbreak of World War II, when she experienced what it was like to live under a hostile, foreign occupation. This was one of the many experiences that shaped her life.

  The War was also to have a life changing effect on her as with the liberating forces in 1944, a young British soldier captured her heart, as she did his.  They married in Lier in 1946.

Rosa arrived in England  in 1947, a young bride speaking limited English.  Language has never been a barrier to those in love, and very soon she was speaking English so fluently that people thought that she was an English rose.

Her husband's family immediately welcomed her, and took her into their innermost heart.

Rosa, true to her marriage promise, made a wonderful home for her husband and their only child Linda.  

Teasingly, her husband Paul, would constantly remind her, that their Marriage Book instructed her to follow him wherever he may go, and make a home for him.  This she readily did in many lands, England, Switzerland, Turkey, Hong Kong, America, and finally in the land of her birth, Belgium. 

She was in the words of many, 'a willing and loving surrogate mother' to those nephews and nieces of her husband whose parents were working abroad.

Last year Rosa and Paul celebrated their Diamond Wedding and Rosa her eightieth birthday. At the celebration in England she was surrounded by her family, including her four great grandchildren and many friends.

People sent Rosa messages from all over the world. All told stories about her very great kindness and her fantastic cooking! She was a very much loved and respected person.

To echo Paul's words at the celebration, Rosa was a wonderful mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother, but above all she was the most wonderful wife a man could have, and Paul loved her dearly. He was, and shall ever be, in her debt.

For many the world is a less happy place without Rosa.

She will always be remembered for her great kindness, and love, by all her family and friends.

Rosa will be forever in our hearts.