Born: March 26, 1939; Died: July 2, 2012.
Gordon Henderson, who has died aged 73 of cancer, was a former Clydesdale Bank assistant general manager and a stalwart of the Scottish Outward Bound Association.
He was born in Falkirk and educated at Falkirk High School. In 1955 he was accepted as an apprentice by the Clydesdale Bank. Following National Service with the RAF, during which time he completed his Institute of Bankers in Scotland exams. He re-entered branch banking at Denny.
In 1963 he married Janette Colquhoun, whom he had met on a climbing holiday on Arran. They had various homes, first in Bishopbriggs, then in Netherlee and last in Eaglesham. They were blessed with two children, Gill and Russell, but Janette died tragically in 1983.
Mr Henderson moved from branch banking into head office, where he worked, successively, as an inspector's clerk, cashier's assistant and head of properties before being appointed assistant general manager (properties), a post he held until he retired in 1992.
Following Janette's death, he devoted himself to the care of his children and spent most weekends in their company and stocking the larder and freezer for the ensuing week's meals.
In 1986 he married Gay Mackie, of Eaglesham, herself a widow with three sons. Both families bonded well and Gay continued with her own career as manager of the Maclean medical practice in Eaglesham. The lure of promotion to London in 1987 to the Midland Bank's head office did not attract Mr Henderson, who always regarded his assistant general manager position as the most attractive and interesting on offer.
His new-found spare time on retirement brought many opportunities for voluntary work. In 1993 he became secretary and fund-raiser for Scottish Outward Bound Association. He served as a vice-president of the association from 2002 to 2011 and was awarded an MBE in 2003 in the Queen's birthday honours list for services to children in Scotland.
For 30 years he was also president of the Bennan Syndicate, one of the west of Scotland's most prolific trout lochs. In 2010 he was appointed president of the Galloway Association of Glasgow, an organisation now in its 220th year of existence.
His musical interest found an outlet in membership of Ye Cronies, where he was its president from 1990-92. He regularly attended the Friday lunch-time concerts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also loved playing golf and would describe himself as a mediocre shooter and fisherman.
Mediocrity is not a word anyone would associate with Gordon Henderson. He strove for excellence in all that he did, and that extended to the way he faced and fought his battle with cancer. His friends all knew him to be a kindly, helpful man of integrity with a strong streak of (gracious) determination. Little private acts of human kindness, especially to elderly housebound friends, were the habits of his life.
Gordon and Gay Henderson moved from Eaglesham to Stewarton seven years ago and quickly endeared themselves to many in the community, especially among the congregation of St Columba's Parish Church where they were regular worshippers and an encouragement to all.
He died in Ayrshire Hospice and is survived by Gay, his children Gill and Russell, his grandson Euan and by Gay's sons Ian, David and Gordon and their children.
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