20th Apr 2018
Death of long term Games supporter
It is with great sadness that the Games Committee has to report the passing last night of another of its long term supporters and friends, William McFarlane of Alloa, the sponsor of the Open 1600 metres since the 150th Games and whose name appears on the Trophy presented to the winner.
An Alloa man through and through, Willie celebrated his 88th birthday last month. He retired in 1990 after a life time of service to what was by then British Gas, a company where his late wife, Fay, also worked in the local showroom. He was a keen follower of all things political and held many strong views about the state of the country and those running it. He was a lover of the Great American Songbook and a very accomplished percussionist, never afraid to give a performance when the right music was in the background.
He was also a very fine lawn bowler and a keen follower of horse racing, regularly investing in the runners trained by Nicky Henderson over the jumps. Failing health in recent years curtailed his own direct participation but never his enthusiasm for the Sport of Kings with regular "investments" and refreshments still being very much a part of his daily routine. Always immaculately attired, his presence on the Games field and beyond will be sorely missed. Our sympathies and condolences are extended to his family and very wide circle of friends