East of Scotland Branch News

From David Williamson

Gary AdamsonIt is with real sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Gary Adamson on 11 July after a short illness. Gary was a long time member and supporter of our Branch, and a friend to many of us. He was only 63 years old.

Many will know Gary from his time representing Diversey at our National Conferences and, latterly, Forums, as well as his visits to the hospitals in his area. He retired from Diversey three years ago.

A member of the East of Scotland Branch committee for many years, Gary was a always ready to organise a Branch event or help others who were new to the committee. He held the post of Branch Secretary on two separate occasions and always issued accurate (well, nearly accurate!) minutes prior to our meetings. He was also a founder member of the East of Scotland HCA Malt Whisky Society, and in the evening at the Conferences/Forums or study days he would pass round a mystery single malt for tasting. You would have to work out or guess its age, region and what distillery it came from. Gary once tested us to the limit by bringing a single malt from Japan, although he did give us the clue “It’s from an island.” We rarely got it right, but we had lots of fun trying to identify the whiskies.

Gary was a great lover of music, particularly live music, and over the years we attended a number of rock concerts together as well as taking guitar lessons. While neither of us were very good on the guitar, we had great fun trying to learn the song for the next week, when we had to play it to the teacher.

When Gary retired he became one of the ‘Whisky Boys’ or ‘Gents Who Lunch’. Approximately once a month we would meet up to have lunch and then retire to the Scottish Malt Whisky Society to taste their recent bottlings of cask strength malt whisky. The Whisky Boys will raise a glass in his honour the next time we meet.

Our thoughts are with his wife Isabel, daughters Karen and Lauren, and his granddaughter Holly.

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