Intimations for former OiR Ayr members submitted to the Webmaster will be included below and listed in order of notification.  Page opened on 27th July 2017.   

REMEMBERING (by Jean Lockley) Graham Humphreys died peacefully on Sunday 25th June 2017 at the age of 85.  Graham had been a member of No. 1 Hill Walking Group since its inception.  He had a great love and knowledge of the hills of the South West of Scotland.  He had also been a keen member of OiR Table Tennis and Badminton Groups and, latterly, of the History Group.  He is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Amy Kinnaird intimated:  We are saddened to report the recent death of two long-standing members of OiR Ayr.  Cathy Rawson and Sam McNair.  Cathy had written a piece for the booklet when OiR celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2010.  She called it ‘Road to Retirement’ and it told how she found OiR in 2008 and was astonished at the wide variety of group activities on offer and she could not decide where to start.  She eventually joined the Social Sciences Group which OiR held in Ayr College.  It took the form of a debating chamber which suited Cathy very much ie, talking, listening and laughing.  From there she joined the Tuesday Walking Group, the Saturday Walking Group, the Swimming Group, and History Group where she appreciated more talking time with OiR friends.  Cathy also enjoyed Theatre Outings and OiR holidays abroad, her first being at Lake Bled, Slovenia.  A quote from Cathy's 2008 piece is – “Like every engagement in life you only get out what you put in.” Cathy's funeral service will take place in Masonhill Crematorium on Monday 24th July 2017 at Monday at 12 noon.  
Many of you will remember Sam McNair's story being told in 'Shared Lives' - OiR Ayr's 30th Anniversary Book (by Amy Kinnaird).  Sam was vice-chair at one time, but had to resign due to ill health.  Sam had many interests, including a wonderful garden, and was a cacti devotee. He was, in fact, President of the Scottish Cacti Association for some time. He was also a very keen bridge player and had gone on many OiR holidays with his wife.  He will be remembered and missed for the gentle, kind and bright man he was.  Sam's funeral will be held at Masonhill Crematorium on Tuesday, 25th July at 1.15pm.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the recent sudden death of our Newsletter Editor, Sue McManus. Sue's funeral service took place on Wednesday 5th July at Masonhill Crematorium.  Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with her family and friends.

Douglas Boocock, a dedicated member of our OiR Folk Group and a regular participant on outreach events within the local community, sadly passed away on Monday 22nd May at the age of 94.  Our thoughts go to his family, friends and fellow members.  Please read more about Douglas in the forthcoming summer newsletter.

CHOIR:  We were very saddened to learn of the passing of the Choir's member, Elizabeth (Elma) Doyle, and wish to offer our deepest sympathy to all family and friends.  More details are available on the Choir's webpage.  

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