Jimmy Speirs

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jimmy Speirs on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

Jimmy was a Life member of Clydesdale since 1955 and as one of the 3 (Clydesdale) Jimmys (along with McGhie and Ross) he was much involved in competing and running the Club.

James rowed in the successful crew of 1946/1947 winning a fine collection of trophies including the Scottish Championship Fours Shield with Alex McIlwraith (bow) John Inglis (mid bow) and James Ross (stroke), Ben Parsonage (cox). James rowed mid stroke seat with D. McCulloch, 3, replacing John Inglis in the above crew and won the shell fours division in the first Clyde Head of the River Race.

He served on committee from 1948 – 1949, 1951 – 1954 and 1963. He was joint Clubmaster in 1950 and Flag Captain from 1955 – 1961 (with James Ross as Captain).

His skills around the clubhouse were appreciated particularly when the “spring” on the disco dance floor of the clubroom indicated that the base of the main support had rotted. Jimmy, and colleagues, did a great job in installing a new upright which remains solid to this day.

The three Jimmys + one (John Shepherd) were also responsible for many other great joys we enjoy today, such as the Kitchen area, which was created by reducing the mens changing room by 50%, and which was orginally planned to be a bar! Coupled with that they also put in place a vastly improved men’s toilet and shower, with a hot water system and boiler, and a great many other improvements around the Club. At that time we were still an all male club, before the great day arrived and women graced our presence. Jimmy Speirs was always a key player and in the vanguard all of the major club projects.

As well as a continuing interest in Clydesdale events until ill health prevented him attending, Jimmy served rowing for many years as an umpire at Scottish regattas.

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