Bob Climie, 1920-2010
Sad news, Bob died on Wednesday 29th September.
He had been ill for some time and just faded away in the end. Many of you will know how he kept orienteering until he was a great age. Bob was a former BOF president and had an illustrious career in orienteering.
From the British Orienteering website.
Bob Climie (Moravian) aged 90 passed away on Wednesday 29th September 2010. He is survived by his wife Mary, son David and daughter-in-law, Patsy, and his daughter Heather. The funeral will be in Exeter on Wednesday 13th October. Bob and Mary moved to Exeter to be nearer David and Patsy, having stayed at Urquhart near Elgin for many years.
The foundation of the British Orienteering Federation in 1967 owes a lot to Bob Climie. It was in March 1967 that Bob and three other senior officials from the Scottish Orienteering Association met a similar representative team from the then English Orienteering Association in Dalbeattie prior to the 1966 Scottish Championships, held over from the previous year. The late Chris Brasher, John Disley and Chris James, who later became 1st, 2nd and 4th Chairmen and the late Gerry Charnley, who became Secretary, were the English representatives. Bob was the active Scottish orienteer who truly represented the members in the forest and it was his foresight to see that a British Federation had become a necessity in order to facilitate British representation and membership of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The IOF would not entertain a separate EOA and SOA as there were fears that the USSR would call for a similar representation of all its states. It was Bob’s power of persuasion that helped to bring the SOA into the fold.
Following the formation of BOF, Bob continued with an active presence in the new organisation becoming its Vice Chairman in 1969 and then the 3rd Chairman from 1972 to 75. His next significant achievement at British level was to be the accommodation organiser for the 1976 World Championships based at Aviemore, along with Chris Brasher and John Disley.
Bob continued as an active competitor well into his 80’s, achieving National Championship level in M65. In his younger days Bob represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in track events.