Friday, January 24, 2020

It is with the deepest regret I report the death of my brother Weston [Wes]. He succumbed to an inoperable brain tumour on 12 Jan 13 at the home of his daughter Janet in the Kyle of Lochalsh. His wife Irene had moved there with him  from their house in Errogie so that Janet could assist with his care. Weston was a larger than life character, a fact with which anyone who knew him would agree. His postings were mainly in Germany, with one term in Singapore and another unusual one in South Georgia.

It was in Singapore that he met and married Irene, also serving there at the time. He was a keen winemaker and warning of a posting usually resulted in a series of wine evenings to reduce his stock prior to moving. I recall one concoction made from a surplus of after dinner mints; unusual but very drinkable. On retiring, they set up home in Errogie, approximately 15 miles inland from Inverness and proceeded to live `the good life’, rearing pigs, chickens, ducks, and at one time, quails, small birds which insisted on sticking their heads through the netting of their enclosure, risking the attention of pine martens, ever present in the area.

During the stalking season he would assist the local estate by transporting the deer carcasses down from the hills by horseback. He wrote articles for the Stalker magazine, he was given a wood to fuel their wood fired central heating boiler, he would run the local hotel when the owners were on holiday, on one occasion returning home to find their door blown open and the hallway blocked by snow.

Each year they would pack their camping equipment and head south, calling at his brothers homes and going on to attend the Arborfield reunion before spending their holiday together on the Continent. With the support of his wife, Irene, his daughter Janet, and his grandson Stewart, he lived life to the full, and is now sadly missed.

Ian Robertson.

Notifying Deaths of Ex Arborfield Boys and requests for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

Reporting Deaths

In the event of an ex Arborfield Old Boys death it would be most helpful if members could report as much of the following information to the Bereavement Officer or to any AOBA Committee member: The full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death. Also the full name and address of the next of kin (n-o-k) of the deceased. Normally who ever reports the death is a friend or is known to the family and it is better that they negotiate on our behalf, with the n-o-k or family, not myself or committee members to obtain all the necessary information.

Note: After some drumhead services a few members mentioned that some deaths were not read out and no crosses were planted for them. Majority of the names mentioned were found to be from the previous year and were recorded, a small number were not. The reason why we miss some is because we have not been informed or we have insufficient information to record the death. Members are reminded to report deaths as and when they are aware of them. If you know of an ex Arborfield boy who has passed away and is not listed in the AOBA Roll of Honour (Can be seen on the AOBA Website) then please let me have their details.

A request for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

I would like to remind members that I do not automatically send out a Remembrance Scroll when I’m notified of a death.  I only send them when requested by whoever has made contact with the family of the deceased and only then when the n-o-k has confirmed that they would like to receive one.  Remembrance Scrolls can be requested in the memory of the deceased for both AOBA members and non members. The minimum information required, before a scroll is sent, is listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. below:

a. Full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death.

b. The n-o-k or family member’s full name, ensuring that we have their first name, and the address to where the scroll should be sent.

c. If a member of the AOBA his membership number, if available.

When it has been confirmed that the n-o-k of the deceased has requested a Remembrance Scroll, I will only send one if I have all the detail as listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. above. I will not send a scroll until I’m in receipt of all this detail. As you can imagine, if we get any of this detail wrong, it could cause extra grief to the bereaved.

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