Tributes paid to a real community hero

John Carr
John Carr

MOURNERS packed into St Flannan’s Parish Church, in Kirkintilloch, last month to pay their respects to a devoted family man and community stalwart.

John Carr passed away peacefully at home in Cherry Bank, Lenzie, on Sunday, October 14. He was 82.

Greatly respected by all who knew him, John dedicated his time to his family, helping others and working tirelessly for the local community.

He was born in Campsie Street, Springburn, on September 25, 1930. By the age of nine he had lost both his parents and was brought up by his older brothers and sisters.

At the age of 15 John went to work in the shipyards as a shipwright.

Throughout his life John had a great love for music and as a young man he sang in bands. One of his groups was called The Bluebirds.

It was while playing a gig with The Bluebirds in Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare, in 1949, that he met his wife-to-be Mary.

Like many men of his age John did his National Service.

When he was home on leave in 1952 he and Mary got married in St Flannan’s Parish House.

The couple celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary earlier this year.

John and Mary set up home in Donaldson Street, Kirkintilloch.

In 1955, John spent a year in the Merchant Navy before the family moved to Cherry Bank, Lenzie, in 1961.

In the 1960s John appeared on TV and landed parts in the hit TV series ‘Doctor Findlay’s Casebook’ and ‘The Last of the Mohicans’.

He had several jobs over the years and had a key role as a foreman with Community Industry until he retired in 1986.

The term ‘Community Champion’ is an often-used phrase these days, but seldom could it be more appropriate than when describing the tireless work John did for the Kirkintilloch community and beyond.

He started a very popular and successful youth club for local teenagers and the Kirkintilloch Boxing Club, both held in St Ninian’s Parochial Hall. He was also a founding member of the Rob Roy Juveniles football team.

For more than 22 years John served on Kirkintilloch Community Council and when he retired from his role with Community Industries in 1986 he became president of the Royal British Legion.

John’s great love of music saw him join Kirkintilloch Variety Orchestra, where he would act as MC and vocalist.

When the Herald launched the Save Stobhill campaign, in the late 90s, he was a great supporter and attended all the public meetings and marches.

And he was regularly seen out on the streets in the run-up to Remembrance Day collecting for the Erskine Hospital.

A devoted husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, John’s funeral was held in St Flannan’s Parish Church on Friday, October 19. He was buried in the Old Aisle Cemetery.

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