Charles Alan McGregor

                                         - 20th May 2020 

Today we pay tribute to Alan. He lived a long life and in his years enriched so many people and surely leaves this world a better place for his having been among us. And no one would testify to that more than his family.

Alan grew up in a happy home with his parents and brother Donald in the Glasgow suburb of Croftfoot, learning from these early years the values which attach to a good family life. The love of his life was Nina. They met at Queens Park Secondary School when Alan transferred there in fifth year and Nina was immediately impressed – even entering in her diary that she had had a wonderful talk with Alan McGregor, perhaps really meaning she had had a talk with the wonderful Alan McGregor. But they were married in 1959 after he finished his apprenticeship, qualifying as a chartered quantity surveyor. These early years of courtship were so very special with dancing, holidays to Stonehaven and swimming and tennis. Their love never wavered and they had the added blessing of a long retirement together with memorable holidays in Europe and the USA.

He was also a great father to Kenneth, David and Anne instilling in each of them these values and standards which helped you become the fine people you are today. And then, of course, there was the added thrill in becoming grandpa to Nina and Scott. And his Indonesian daughter-in-law Vina gave him much opportunity to learn more about that country’s history and to enjoy its distinctive food whenever they visited. All of you in the family have so many happy memories from early pictures of Alan as a Scout in his kilt travelling, in particular, in 1951 to a jamboree in Austria through to home life and his much loved garden – Alan vying with Richard Briers in the Good Life –and the family benefitting from his undoubted skills. And you recall too the family holidays in Scotland, especially to the west coast and hunting down the best picnic spots. Treasure these memories and so many more for, as you do so, you will keep him fresh in your minds and hearts long after today is past.

He was diligent and talented in his profession. He started in Dumfries for five years and then moved to be a chartered surveyor for Ayr County Council. When local government was reorganised he moved for a bit to Paisley but soon returned to Kyle and Carrick District Council as Principal Quantity Surveyor. He was much respected as a colleague and I am sure was missed when he retired in 1996.
But his whole life was built on the foundation of his Christian faith – a faith that was strong and never wavered. He was a good member of St Nicholas Parish Church, serving for 40 years as the Fabric Convener. He was a conscientious beadle and, more than all else, a faithful worshipper and servant of his Lord.

But now called home to God we miss him. We miss the way he rose to practical challenges in the home, garden and church. We miss the standards of dress – with collar and tie almost always evident. And friends at St Cuthbert’s Golf Club and at the OIR bowling miss him too. He was what Chaucer once described as a very perfect gentle knight – or man. But he ran a good race and a faithful race. And his reward is assured – well done, good and faithful servant, enter now into the joy of your Lord Jesus Christ.

   Rev Alastair Symington