Trib­utes to Troon stal­wart

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan And South Carrick - Stephen Hous­ton

There was lit­tle in Troon that Mal­colm McKin­lay didn’t take an in­ter­est in.

S o m e o f t h e or­gan­i­sa­tions he ac­tu­ally ran.

Pos­si­bly his great­est legacy for the town is the nau­ti­cal- themed seafront play­park which he helped se­cure £ 80,000 lot­tery fund­ing for.

Mal­colm John McKin­lay died aged 80 on Oc­to­ber 11 at Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary.

He be­came im­mersed in Troon life and for a decade was a mem­ber of Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, be­com­ing chair­man and tak­ing a huge pride in look­ing af­ter the town.

The electrical en­gi­neer had moved from County Durham to Troon 37 years ago. He ef­fec­tively ran the Troon Town Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion, even host­ing a French fam­ily de­spite be­ing gravely ill sev­eral weeks be­fore he died.

He was also in the pe­tanque club, art club and a per­fec­tion­ist in his gar­den, par­tic­u­larly proud of the di­ag­o­nal stripes on his lawn.

Jesica MacPher­son, past pres­i­dent, of Troon Town Twin­ning, said Mal­colm was in­stru­men­tal in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

She said: “We were hav­ing dif­fi­culty get­ting a new pres­i­dent and he stepped in and agreed to do it.

“That lasted for years and years and years and is an oner­ous task.

“We had a group over from France a cou­ple of weeks be­fore his death and he in­sisted on host­ing a cou­ple and, de­spite be­ing ill, also made the ef­fort to get to the civic re­cep­tion. He was a fighter.”

Former TCC chair Nan McFar­lane said Mal­colm’s ten­ure of around eight years in­volved a few big bat­tles.

And she said: “Pos­si­bly his great­est legacy was the dis­abled- friendly play­park at the seafront which he se­cured lot­tery money for.

“And he was also a great am­bas­sador for the town twin­ning and kept it go­ing.

“As an English­man he even went over to France for Burns nights.”

He was a Boy Scout in his youth and was a freema­son for half a cen­tury. His con­nec­tions with France opened up the sport of pe­tanque.

The Troon Pe­tanque Club’s Gra­hame Tran­tor said: “He rep­re­sented Scot­land on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, the last be­ing at this year’s Home Na­tions in Jersey.

“He was a true gent, a great loss and even through ill­ness con­tin­ued to sup­port all ac­tiv­i­ties in any way he could.”

Mal­colm leaves his wife of 47 years Rose­mary, children Karen, Paula, Alex and Ellen and five grand­chil­dren.

Fam­ily friend He­len Auld, who de­liv­ered the eu­logy at St Ninian’s Church in Troon, re­vealed Mal­colm and Rose­mary moved to the town in 1981.

And she said: “I think it’s safe to say that Troon has never been the same since.”

He was a true man for all sea­sons and his skills ex­tended from wine mak­ing and danc­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy and DIY.

When he dis­cov­ered Face­book, his son Alex was so sur­prised he re­sponded: “WTF!”

And Mal­colm replied in a mes­sage: “I know what WTF means. It means Wel­come to Face­book.”

In later life he bat­tled mouth cancer and ul­ti­mately pan­cre­atic cancer, re­fus­ing to give up un­til the last.

Bat­tled to the end Mal­colm John McKin­lay

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