Rev Tom Robert­son

The Herald - - Obituaries - JOHNSTON McKAY

Min­is­ter; Born Novem­ber 18, 1932; Died Oc­to­ber 24, 2010.

TOM Robert­son, who has died at the age of 77 af­ter a long ill­ness, was the long­est-serv­ing min­is­ter of St James’ Church in Broughty Ferry, known as the Lifeboat Church. It stands op­po­site the lifeboat shed from which the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat was launched in De­cem­ber 1959 in an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to res­cue the North Carr Light­ship which had bro­ken loose from its moor­ings and was in dan­ger of break­ing up. Five of the lifeboat crew were mem­bers of St James’.

Mr Robert­son was an Or­ca­dian, born at Bir­say where he re­ceived his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, be­fore his par­ents moved south and he com­pleted his school­ing at Falkirk High and then Perth Academy. He started work in the Perth base of Gen­eral Ac­ci­dent, but when he felt a call to the min­istry, he en­rolled at Ed­in­burgh’s New Col­lege in 1958. On com­ple­tion of his stud­ies he spent an as­sist­ant­ship with the le­gendary DP Thom­son, the Church of Scot­land evan­ge­list, at that time war­den of St Ninian’s Train­ing Cen­tre in Cri­eff.

One of Tom Robert­son’s col­leagues in the Pres­bytery of Dundee de­scribed him as “a canny con­ser­va­tive evan­gel­i­cal”. He went to his first parish, St Cle­ment’s Church in Ding­wall, in 1963. The an­nual con­ven­tion in nearby Strath­p­ef­fer was a fea­ture of the con­ser­va­tive evan­gel­i­cal cal­en­dar. He be­came sec­re­tary of the Strath­p­ef­fer Con­ven­tion and also chair­man of the lo­cal Lord’s Day Ob­ser­vance So­ci­ety.

In 1970 Mr Robert­son moved to Broughty Ferry, where he is re­mem­bered as a fine ex­pos­i­tory preacher and some­one who gave un­stint­ing sup­port to be­reaved fam­i­lies. He wrote a his­tory of St James’ Church to mark its cen­te­nary in 1990. He played a full part in the work of Dundee Pres­bytery, serv­ing as con­vener of sev­eral com­mit­tees dur­ing his min­istry. He was also elected moder­a­tor of the Pres­bytery. He re­tired in 2001 and un­der­took a num­ber of locum posts within the Pres­bytery.

Tom Robert­son is sur­vived by his wife, Bar­bara, three chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.

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