Farewell to local legend Ian Brown

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MOURNERS have bid a fond farewell to a pillar of the Kirkintilloch community who passed away recently.

Ian Brown died at the age of 80 on October 15 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary following a short, unexpected illness.

Kirkintilloch born and bred, Ian was dedicated to the town and played a part in the town’s various Boys’ Brigades Companies for more than 70 years. Starting as a cadet at the age of eight, he became an officer and helped organise the troops until his death.

He also coached the Boys’ Brigade football teams, having been a fine winger in his youth when he ran out for a number of junior teams including Rob Roy, Irvine Meadow, Ashfield, Parkfield and Maryhill. In his playing days he was affectionately nicknamed ‘The Cowboy’ because of his slightly bow-legged on-field gait.

Ian’s dream was to play for his beloved Rangers and he turned down a move to Falkirk on the off-chance that his heroes would come calling. They didn’t, but he never held it against the club and was one of the founding members of the Kirkintilloch Rangers Supporters Club in the late 1940s.

With professional football no longer an option, Ian worked for a number of companies, including Kirkintilloch electrical engineers Switchgears and the Kali Nail Works in Lennoxtown.

Ian married Margaret in 1958 and they had three daughters and five granddaughters.

The family never looked back after Ian set up his own electricians business in the late 60s – continuing to work until the final years of his life. Highlights included being involved in the 13th Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and working as a subcontractor for the BBC.

Hundreds paid their respects at Ian’s funeral on October 21 at St Mary’s Parish Church – where he served as an elder. At the service his Canadian nephew Duncan played a specially-written lament on the bagpipes.

Lifelong friend Jim Devine said: “Every last person in Kirkintilloch knew Ian and he knew them.

“He was always busy and was known as a joker. He would do anything for a laugh and stories of the pranks he played are never-ending.”