Ian attended George Heriot’s School and was of the same vintage as the Bear, Peter Hewitt, the late Kenny Strachan, Graeme Wight and Stuart Dredge. He and the Bear were protagonists in various commercial ventures which often ended in doubtful results! He was a talented sportsman excelling in swimming, golf, cricket and rugby. He played for first teams in both the latter sports. It was a source of frustration to those close to him that he chose not to fulfil his potential as a rugby player. He truly had exceptional ability playing at 10 or 12. An elusive runner, a formidable tackler and a successful goal kicker.
Albie had a fierce stubborn determination and considerable courage which coupled with a highly tuned sense of humor made him popular throughout his extensive rugby and business contacts. Arguably above all of these was his generosity of spirit which made him remarkable. He brought all these qualities to bear when dealing with his illness which extended for the past 15 years and which he bore with fortitude. Albie was a great Club man and a dear friend who will be much missed.
Our condolences to his wife Val and son Chris and his wife Pam and his brother Gordon.
HERIOT’S RUGBY CLUB LIMITED
Registered Number SC509653
Photos courtesy of David Urquhart, Jonathan Cruickshank and Calum MacKenzie