Bobby was a lifelong Scout and he started his journey at the 15th Paisley (Lylesland) Scout Group where he was a young person. When trying to build a hall for the Group- Bobby was one of the first to buy a brick as part of the fundraising appeal. He was proud of his involvement with Lylesland and spoke about it regularly.
On turning 18 Bobby became an adult volunteer within Scouting and since then has been a long-standing member of Paisley & District Scouting. Bobby has an impeccable record in Scouting. One in which many leaders and network members would aspire to.
Through Bobby’s infectious attitude, fun personality and passion towards Scouting he became an Assistant Scout Leader at a young age within his local Scout Group in Gleniffer under Andy, Alistair and then David. Bobby took over the running of the troop following that. Bobby’s passion was clear to many and his success saw his Troop win many camping competitions be that at District or Area level. Bobby was able to grow the Scout Troop to record numbers due to his passion and his use of a balanced scouting programme.
Bobby had a skill for being a people’s person and this has in turn meant he has, over the years, been able to attract support for Scouting from a vast array of sources. Bobby took a leading role in starting up the Paisley & District fellowship and then the Active Support Unit. Within his time here he supported many Scout sections, residential experiences and community events.
Following this Bobby took on the role of ADC (Scouts) where he supported the growth of the Scout section across the District. Within his time he restarted the PL & APL training weekends and supporting other district activities. Bobby has a real passion for investing in young people and this was seen during his development of young leader training and investment in resilience skills.
After a short break Bobby took on the key role of ensuring adult volunteers who wanted a more flexible Scouting were able to do so. For a large number of years Bobby has ensure that adults could take part in cooking at events, running activities and so on. This investment in volunteers has been vital to our growing success.
Bobby in 2013 took on the role of District Appointment Secretary and for a number of years ensured new volunteers were supported in their journey within Scouting. His enthusiastic and supportive personality ensured that many volunteers have continued with local Scouting.
From 2015 -2017 Bobby was the Paisley & District Chair. Bobby improved governance across the District and was a key driver for change within the modern movement. Bobby has been a respected and powerful advocate for local Scouting and was a trusted adviser and friend of the past District Commissioner- which the role would not be possible without Bobby’s support and guidance.
In December 2017, the Chief Commissioner of Scotland wrote to Bobby to inform him he had been awarded the Silver Acorn- The Scout Associations second highest award for volunteers. This was to honour the massive contribution Bobby has made to Scouting over the years.
Bobby was a member of the Freemasons in Paisley where he continued his contribution to the local community and a member of the 7sinzMCC.
Bobby died on the 14th March 2018 following a battle with cancer. Bobby is succeeded by his wife Angela and two children- Graham and Ashley. Bobby lived in Stanley Avenue, Paisley with his family.
The funeral will take place on Friday 30th March at 10am, Woodside Crematorium, Paisley. All welcome.
Reflecting after his passing John Hunter, Richard Murray and Rob Murray said:
“Bobby was a passionate and dedicated Scouter with a love for the 33rd Gleniffer Scout Group. Bobby was able to support many young people over the years and was a lively adult volunteer who was never shy of supporting others.
Over the last 10 years Bobby has spent his time supporting other leaders, adult helpers and groups across Paisley, Barrhead and Neilston which reflected his caring, kind and trusted personality.
As Baden Powell said in his final letter before his death.
“The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best “Be prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy-stick to your Scout Promise always.”
Bobby is a massive loss to the District and Scouting our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He has given so much to world and has brought happiness to many. Our friend might have left us however his legacy will continue within Scouting.”