Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sad News

Club Secretary Ron Harriman intimates the loss of two well kent faces from our membership.

It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of two of our long-serving members. Mr John Pointer, who died last week, had been a member for 39 years and had served on the committee for nearly 10 years where his lively and philosophical debating technique kept us on our toes. John loved fishing the club hill lochs but will be especially remembered for his love of dry –fly on the Tummel. John invariably set the benchmark for the largest Tummel trout and his name appeared many times on the Ashleigh trophy for the largest Tummel trout. He was always willing to give friendly advice and assistance to all who met him on the river bank and he will be greatly missed. The Funeral is at the West Church on Monday June 27th at 11.30.

Ally Gowans writes: John Pointer was resourceful, skilful and inventive guy no surprise perhaps since he was a professional engineer with whom I had the pleasure of working with for many years in Scottish Hydro Electric. It usually took only a few minutes for our discussions on electric currents to gravitate to that of river currents, of for overhead line faults to become casting faults and safety permits to fishing permits. His resoucefullness was often evidenced not least by his tennis racket landing net, welding rod dubbing scrapes and hand turned wooden dubbing spinners for fly tying. Great tools that have pride of place in my fly tying kit and I'm sure many others because John was a generous person too. Meeting John on the river was always a cheery pleasure both to chat to and admire a deftly cast dry fly. A true brother of the angle.

During the same week the death of Mr Alistair Macbride was also reported. Mr Macbride had been a member for over 20years and was a keen angler and cyclist.