Tributes: Probians Remembered

Wednesday 28 October 2015: Tributes: Probians Remembered

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L – R: Dr Haldane Mitchell, Paul Gallagher, John McCandless

The sudden death of Michael Pollard on 21st October, following on so quickly from the deaths Cecil Brown at the beginning of the month and Andy McAleer in September made members pause for thought. Although Probus was well represented at their respective funerals and condolences conveyed to each of the three families it was felt that time should be made in the Club Programme for members to pay their own tributes to each of these gallant gentlemen. Tributes were led by Dr Haldane Mithchell who had a fund of stories to tell about the many times he and Michael had gone off together to research aspects of local history with particular reference to trams and railways. Those club members who had worked profssionally with Michael in local government spoke with warmth and affection about their former friend and colleague. Andy McAleer and Cecil Brown were also remembered with reminiscences about their conributions the club and the wider community. The common theme for all three was the way in which each had lived life to the full and in doing so had become an inspiration to those who follow in their wake.