Born: June 6 1938; Died: July 19 2012.
Ian Cook, who has died aged 74, was a banker who worked his way through the ranks to reach a senior post with the Clydesdale Bank.
Christened John, he was born in Hamilton and brought up in Cambuslang, where he attended primary school before attending Rutherglen Academy. While at school he joined the 207th Company of the Boys' Brigade. He became a very active member of his company and the discipline learned gave him a sound basis for the future. At school he developed a keen interest in athletics, representing Cambuslang Harriers and Scottish Schools as a hurdler.
On leaving school he entered the service of the Clydesdale & North of Scotland Bank, later to become the Clydesdale Bank. He joined on September 27, 1955, which co-incidentally was the same day as his wife Maureen – albeit at different locations.
In 1957 his early career was interrupted by National Service, most of which was spent in Germany. Returning to the bank he worked in a number of branches before being transferred to St James's Street in London in 1962. Thereafter he returned to Glasgow to the superintendents' department in head office, which is where he met Maureen. They were married in Paisley Abbey in 1967 and their first son, Alan, was born in 1969, followed by Colin two years later.
Mr Cook's first appointed position was as accountant at the St Enoch Square branch in Glasgow. There then followed a number of appointments including a return to London as manager at the Victoria branch. But most of his positions were in the bank's Glasgow HQ and in 1988 he was appointed general manager with responsibilities covering corporate banking, international banking and the bank's treasury operations, which included sterling funds management and liquidity, asset and liability management, foreign exchange dealing and treasury corporate services. He was a member of the bank's credit committee and asset and liability management committee.
Mr Cook was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He retired in 1992 having served the bank with distinction for 37 years, an "old-fashioned" Scottish banker of immense all round ability.
He had always been a committed church member and served Broom Church in Newton Mearns as an elder, covenant treasurer and finance convener. For a short time he was also deputy session clerk. On the 125th Anniversary of the Boys' Brigade he and two other elders, both former BB members, conducted the morning service. They were all so proud to be part of this anniversary, particularly as Broom Church does not have a BB company.
Following his retirement from the bank he served the wider church at its headquarters at 121 George Street, Edinburgh, holding positions on the board of stewardship and finance and the finance budget and allocations committee.
In his final four years there he helped set up and convened an internal audit within the Church of Scotland. He was a founder member and chairman of the Clydesdale Bank Pensioners' Association and was also invited to lecture on international banking to students of finance at Strathclyde University.
Throughout his working life and in retirement he always prioritised his family, in whom he took great pleasure and pride. He and Maureen loved to travel. They visited many parts of Europe, the Far East, Australia and the Holy Land. Trips were also made with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir, of which Maureen is a long-time member and Ian an associate.
The funeral services at Linn Crematorium and Broom Church were very well attended, which reflected an appreciation of his many personal qualities which included a huge integrity, industry, loyalty, sense of humour and a genuine interest in people.
Maureen survives him along with their sons Alan and Colin, Alan's wife Lesley and their two children, Daniel and Rachel and also Mr Cook's brother David.
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