Community hero remembered by those who knew him best

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THE Herald has been inundated with tributes to a community stalwart who “dedicated his life to helping others”.

Dr Geoff Allan MBE, chair of the Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust, died in his Kirkintilloch home recently.

Since then many of the organisations that Dr Allan supported, volunteered and campaigned for have come forward to pay tribute to his memory.

Pam McGaughrin, vice-chair of Kirkintilloch Town Hall Preservation Trust, worked closely with Dr Allan on the successful campaign to save the much-loved building.

She told the Herald: “I’ll miss him hugely and he’ll also be missed by the entire Kirkintilloch community.

“He did do much to help people and was a fantastic friend who was always there for you.

“I’ve already lost count of the number of times my hand has gone to the telephone to call him before I’ve realised he’s no longer with us.

“I’m really pleased he knew that our campaign had been successful before he died and will be asking the committee about giving him a special ‘Friend of the Town Hall’ brick.

“It would also be fantastic to have a picture of him in the town hall when it’s finished so he’s always remembered.”

Jenny Proctor, vice-chair of Kirkintilloch’s Park Centre, was one of the founding directors of the centre - where Dr Allan chaired the committee and was instrumental in the community centre’s great success.

She said: “He had a huge amount of common sense and was very humble about his own abilities. He also had a very great sense of humour and was a good friend to many people.

“He dedicated his life to helping others and worked hard for the Park Centre since it was set up in 1994. He was also a big supporter of Contact Point and Crossroads, served on Kirkintilloch Community Council and was an elder at St David’s Memorial Park Church.

“It is fortunate that he was able to see the start of the improvements currently being made to the Park Centre. He will be sorely missed.”

A spokesperson for Cruse Bereavement Scotland, where Dr Allan volunteered as a counsellor following the death of his wife, also paid tribute.

She said: “Geoff first volunteered with us as Chairperson of the local Strathkelvin team in early 2005.

“Being the person he was, his interest really lay in working directly with individual clients and he took our training so that he could work with and support bereaved people.

“During this time he was a much loved member of the local team and will be remembered by them as being thoroughly supportive and caring.

“He reluctantly decided to resign from the local team in 2010 due to ill health, but maintained his interest in our work.

“His enthusiasm and a great personality made working with him a pleasure.

“He will be much missed by all of his friends and colleagues in Cruse.”

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