Ian Robertson 1932-2015
We are saddened to have to report the death of Ian Robertson, an active and highly valued member of Solway Orienteers since the early eighties. In December 2014 Ian had a fall at home which had left him paralysed from the chest down. Despite the less than encouraging prognosis Ian maintained his usual high spirits and never lost his famous sense of humour and zest for living to the end.
The funeral was at Roucan Loch Crematorium, Dumfries, on Friday 18 December at 12 noon.
With a background of hill walking, Ian's first big orienteering event was Galloway 81 where he finished 28th in M43B, nine places behind Drew Sommerville of CLYDE with whom he was to have a lifelong and friendly rivalry. Both teachers by profession, it was always a joy to be in earshot of their post-race banter.
Within a very short time after joining the club Ian was on the Solway committee. With Seonaid he was soon involved in organising and planning and over the years gave huge support to the club through committee work, including membership and schools liaison. Ian planned the courses for the Scottish Championships at Mabie in 1986 but his greatest contribution was the introduction in November 1988 of monthly Saturday morning fun/training events. Ian was devoted to grass roots orienteering and nothing gave him more pleasure that seeing youngsters progress through the colour coded courses as a result of his instruction and encouragement. Ian and Seonaid ran these sessions themselves for many years until other members and electronic punching took over. The Saturday morning series is Ian's greatest legacy to the club. It is still running to this day and he may also be credited with some responsibility for his grand-daughter Lindsay's Scottish Junior Squad selection. To describe Ian as a stalwart of the club would be to understate his enormous contribution over the years.
Ian's outdoor activities were not limited to orienteering. He led a local group, his 'geriatric hill walkers', for many years following his retirement. He also climbed most of the Munros. Only most of them because, ever practical, he did not think that climbing the more remote or boring ones was worth the effort.
Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are extended to his wife Seonaid, sons David and Brian and daughter Fiona.
Written by Dave McQuillen SOLWAY
13th December 2015