Obituary: George Alexander Rennie

George Rennie - obit
George Rennie - obit

The death took place on December 21, of George Alexander Rennie in his 76th year, peacefully, at home in Hawick surrounded by his family after a short battle with lung cancer. But the suddenness at the end took everyone by surprise as he was very active until a few weeks beforehand.

George, a native of Aberchirder, known locally as Foggieloan, in Aberdeenshire, made a career in the police service and was the first police cadet at Galashiels in 1955 in the old Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk Constabulary and, at 19, joined the force as a constable at Hawick.

After a few years he was appointed to the Road Traffic Department followed by promotion to Sergeant in Hawick and then Inspector there before promotion to Chief Inspector at Galashiels, Before he retired in 1988 he was Acting Superintendent with Lothian and Borders Police.

He then took up an appointment with the Forestry Commission before becoming housing manager with Roxburgh District Council.

George joined Rotary in 1986 in Hawick and served in most positions in the club, twice being president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was more a ‘doer’ than a ‘looker’ and his support of Rotary International, Wilton Church in Hawick, Border golf and the Butterfly Trust, where he voluntarily ferried Cyctic Fibrosis patients to Edinburgh for treatment, and many other groups and causes will be sorely missed. George was an honorary president of Hawick Golf Club.

George played rugby for Hawick Linden when he was young and also found time to qualify as a glider pilot.

The service at Borders Crematorium, followed by a celebration of life service at Wilton Church had a huge turnout and this was reflected in the collection at the services for cancer charities which amounted to over £2,000. Deepest condolences are expressed to his beloved wife Betty, son Keith, daughter Jill and their spouses.