Maurice Crichton, who has died aged 83, was a classic example of one who applied his Christian principles to the service of Glasgow, his native city, and further afield. Known affectionately to family and friends as Peter, he did so with an amazing sense of fun and in particular an ability to laugh at himself.
Educated at Glasgow's Kelvinside Academy, Cargilfield in Edinburgh and Sedbergh, he joked that his Army national service discharge report classified him as '" very good clerk", which was a far cry from the posts which he ultimately held in civilian life.
He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1953 and after his apprenticeship began professional life at the accountancy firm Wilson Stirling, where his father was senior partner. In 1965 it amalgamated with Touche Ross, where he remained as a partner until his retirement in 1986.
Beyond his immediate world at Touche Ross, he held a variety of other appointments. He was a member of the Woolwich Building Society main board for many years and was also chairman of the Scottish & Northern Ireland Board. He was also a non-executive director of the food company Macphie of Glenbervie, one of Scotland's leading private companies which was started by his great friend Stewart Macphie. He was also heavily involved in the Scottish new towns for more than 25 years at both Irvine and East Kilbride, culminating in his chairmanship of Irvine. In recognition of his service to the Scottish new towns he was made a CBE in 1994.
Other appointments included involvement at Bield Housing Association, as a trustee of The Church Hymnary Trust, the Old Sedberghian Club and The RSAMD Endowment Trust, and for a time as a governor of Cargilfield.
One of his great interests was music and because of this he was drawn to Paisley Abbey with its long established musical tradition. As well as serving as the psalmody convener and finance convener he was for many years treasurer of the Society of Friends of Paisley Abbey.
He was also a longstanding member of the Nomads Club, a well known and happy musical and literary fraternity unique to Glasgow. Within the Nomads his presentations were not only instructive but characterised by subtle good humour. His artistic talents extended to an eye for fine pictures and as a bon viveur he had a nose for fine claret.
Those men who reach the position as the leader of the Trades House in Glasgow have as a common characteristic an unfailing sense of dedication to the welfare of their fellow citizens. Peter started his Trades House involvement as a member of the Incorporation of Hammermen, which he joined in 1961.
He went on to become deacon of the Hammermen in 1978/79 and president of the Association of Deacons in 1983. After he became deacon convenor in 1988 he spent many hours of study of the records of Trades House in the Mitchell Library to ensure his speeches were varied and well received at each of the 14 craft dinners. At this time, Glasgow was developing the concept of becoming a major tourist city and as deacon convener Peter was heavily involved in the early moves to achieve this aim.
An intense awareness of the value of links with similar organisations beyond Glasgow was never far from his ideals. While attending a very sombre Cutler's dinner in Sheffield in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster he made contact with the governor and his lady of the Merchant Adventurers of York. Like the good ambassador he was, Peter managed on behalf of the Trades House to establish an ever-continuing link with that organisation.
Later, after he had served as deacon convenor, one of his own highlights of his time serving Trades House was when he was appointed manager of the Drapers' Fund. Whilst his core skills were in financial matters, he made it his business then and whenever he was involved in charity work generally to visit and understand the needs of the person or organisation seeking support. Among his other interests, he also stood as Conservative & Unionist parliamentary candidate for Paisley in 1964 and 1966, but without success.
He married Diana Russell Lang in Glasgow Cathedral, where her family were committed members. Their happy union was blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. Peter lived in Renfrewshire throughout his working life, eventually retiring to Earlsferry in Fife, where he continued to pursue his lifetime recreational interests in golf, shooting, garden croquet, fishing and his enduring love of music.
Above all else Peter was a family man. He will be so sadly missed. His fellow Glaswegians have lost a wonderful committed Christian gentleman.
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