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 GlescaPals.....obituaries  ...    Forget me not...  
they are stars in the sky .

.. we will remember them


Cath (Caley)


wee jeanie
Jim Blackburn
John McBarron


Remember me - by the laughter, not the tears, 
  remember me - for the joy and fun we shared,   through  all the happy years
  Please think of me, if you will, with a smile, when we all shared jokes
  and laughed, at things we did a wee bit daft
  If you smile - and if you laugh, sing songs, share fun and joy,
  then I will join you in the toast
  And think if you want to think of me.
  lift up your glass so I can share, enjoy yourselves.....and I'll be there


GlesgaPal Cath Caley in London sadly died on Jan.25th 2005 after a long fight with cancer. Cath had many pals on 'GlesgaPals' and many cards and telephone calls took place...Wilma in Canada summed it up  "I know we mostly know one anither oan the Webmaister's website but although most of us have not seen one anither it seems to me we still have the closeness you hiv wae a personal friendship. It is hard to believe that so much warmth can be transmitted through the web." 
Cath's 28yr old son Gregory posted this message 1 Feb 2005..........

....Thanks for all your lovely messages about my mum. Jane, Graham, Dad (Terry), and Myself are very proud of mum and the affect that she had on peoples lives. She was an amazing mum and a lovely person in general with a huge heart. In my eyes she was and still is the best. If mum wanted to say anything to us & all of you & all her other friends she would have said this poem"

21st May 1945 - 25th Jan 2005
With all the messages and cards she got, it gave her the strength to carry on for as long as she did, she was and we are very grateful for all your messages of support. 
Love and thanks to you all
   RIP MUM, I love you ............Gregory

Farewell my friends   It was beautiful     
As long as it lasted   The journey of my life   
 I have no regrets    Whatsoever save 
The pain Iíll leave behind  Those dear hearts   

Who love and care   And the heavy with sleep
Ever moist eyes   The smile in spite of a Lump in the throat 
And the strings pulling   At the heart and soul

The strong arms   That held me up 
When my own strength   Let me down 
Each morsel that I was  Fed with was full of love

At every turning of my life  I came across Good friends 
Friends who stood by me  Even when the time raced me by.

Farewell Farewell My friends I smile and Bid you goodbye 
No, shed no tears   For I need them not  All I need is your smile

If you feel sad   Do think of me  For thatís what Iíll like 
When you live in the hearts  Of those you love 
remember thenÖ...You never die.

The funeral service took place on Thursday 3rd February. While it was a very sad and emotional day, it was a huge celebration of Cath's life. There wasn't a spare seat in the church, people were queuing down the aisles. It was an amazing send off. The piper was just fantastic and at the end playing Amazing Grace there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The 'wake' after went on until the early hours and there will be plenty hangovers It was a true celebration and everyone was so proud for Cath..........




(frae Glasgow, 2005)

We thought of you with love today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart..

RIP GlesgaPal.

Oor GlesgaPal 'Lucky' ( William Devine ) frae Dalmarnock lost his gallant fight with ill health today 25 Aug 2006, his family were overwhelmed by the kindness shown from the GlesgaPals who knew and loved him. He joined GlesgaPals in August 2005 and in that short time on our messageboard he and his wife Mags enjoyed the company and many friendships were made.
He introduced himself on 25th Aug 2005, 19:19 ...........
My name is Bill Devine I was born on the 14th June 1937 in 22 Battleburn Street Tollcross moved to 11 Potter Street Auchenshuggle 1940 stayed there till I went into the army 1955 when I came out in 58 my maw had moved to Belvedere 1405 London Road. I have lived in Drumchapel, Clydebank, Invergorden, Alness, worked in Saudie Arabia for some time, now retired and live in Dalmarnock.
A proud GlesgaPal ......... See his army photo on Glesga Pals.
ah wis sent this site fae an auld school mate of mine an he lives in USA ah stay in dalmarnock, glesga an never new anythin aboot it. am ah no glad ah joined it's fandabydosie, pure dead brilliant thanx Webmaister.
Lucky in September 2005 found an old Pal, Wullie Keys whom he hadn't seen for 50 yrs.....
Thanx tae GlesgaPal Ella a've fun an auld mate efter 50 years oh lookin jist got aff the phone wi him my god it wis good tae talk tae him An am no long GlesgaPals he goes back tae the USA on Thursday an were gonnae meet before he goes back it's great intit GesgaPals a owe you thanx again. ;)

Lucky with his grandson Logan at a Dalmarnock fun day
March 2006

Sadly one year later almost to the minute from his first post......
August 25th 2006 ...... Lucky's daughter Mary..... just to let you all know that Lucky passed away peacefully tonight at 19:05 hrs. Big Mags and close family were with him. Thanks for all your cards and wishes.  Once again Thank you.  
Mary & Big Mags

       My son Logan told me today about his Grandad,
      these are his words:-

       My Grandad used to be a brave soldier. 
       He liked to talk, sing and use his computer.
       He was kind and beautiful. I love my Grandad,
       He is the best Grandad in the universe
     think these innocent words sum my Dad up well.
      Once again thank you all.
29th Aug.2006 from Lucky's daughter Mary.....
To all of Lucky,s GlesgaPals.......Just to let you all know that Lucky's funeral is on:Thursday 31st August, a short service will be held at 14:20 in Taylor Brothers Funeral Parlour in London Road, then onto Daldowie Crematorium at 3pm where another service will be held. I know many of you are spread out over the world but anyone who can or wishes to come is more than welcome. We are then going on to The Dalmarnock centre in Lily Street for tea.
My family would like to once again thank you for all your cards and kind wishes. My Dad built up a great network of friends with GlesgaPals and he loved speaking to you all. He was a great family man and I know he enjoyed sharing his photos and stories (good and bad!) with you all. Love Big Mags, Mary, Stewart, Gary, Eddie, John, Logan, Christopher and Chloe  All of Lucky's family x





Pals it is with deep regret I announce the death of GlesgaPal Normanconk.
He passed away 21st March 2007 after a long fight with cancer.
He had been very ill these past months but did not want anyone to know.
I had the pleasure of sharing a few beers with him last year when he visited Glesga.


(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, 2006)

Normanconk joined GlesgaPals
in 2003 and we met up in Aug.2006
when this photo was taken in Glasgow....
my type of guy! He likes a laugh.

NC was a proud member of
GlesgaPals, he met lots of
great Pals on the board and in
person and thoroughly enjoyed
them all.

ncanny resemblance to 'Uncle Fester'
frae the Adams Family .. eh?

RIP pal


Our thoughts are with his wife Jean and family at this sad time


John Dickson Pattison :

March 9, 1943 - March 21, 2007

Memorial Service : Monday, March 26, 2007 At 3:30 p.m. MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg
  Bowmanville Crematorium, Bowmanville

Memorial Donations :

Victorian Order of Nurses, Community Care - Port Hope

PATTISON, John Dickson Peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg on March 21, 2007. John at the age of 64 was the beloved husband of Jane Pattison. Loving father of Sharon (Mike) and Scott (Kelly). Dear grandfather of Lindsey (Cory), Michelle (Matt) and Natalie (Mike) and great grandfather of Cody. Dearest brother of Margaret, Josephine, Francis, Marie, Thomas and the late Jim. John will be deeply missed by all his family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E, Cobourg on Monday March 26, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Victoria Order of Nurses or Community Care Access Centre, Port Hope. Condolences received at



joined GlescaPals May 2004, Manchester, England
" I was born 18 Jan 1939 at 136 Blackburn Street. Nae hoaspital for ma mammy. When I was 3 we moved to Langholm Street in Yoker. When I was 5 ma mammy died of consumption. I had ma first wean (of six) in 1957 got merried and lived in Whiteinch.Didnae work oot, goat divorced ad goat merried again.Went to Toonheid frae1962 -1970. Parly Road wis magic.Toonheid wis a wee room and kitchen and sterrheid toilet.Went tae Drumchapel -bath and inside toilet-luxury but couldnae staun the place there wis nothing there. Stuck it for a year then went tae Springburn. Moved tae Manchester 1984.Went tae Yoker primary and secondary school. First job UCBS Clydebank-( uncles cakes and burnt biscuits). Also worked in Woolies and Singers in Clydebank. Variousc jobs including barmaid and railway cleaner at Springburn lived in Hawthorn Street"
Babysitter died in 2006




Scotbandit joined GlescaPals March 2006,  born 6 Aug 1949  died 13 Apr 2009

..... Her first post in 2006

Hello, I was born at Stobhill Hospital Aug 6.1949 and went to Newlands and Riverside. We lived at 18 Edmiston Street, Parkhead. Left with my parents in 1966 to go to Vancouver, Canada. I now live in a very small town on the beach a few miles away from Vancouver.  I used to love Newbank swings and also tennis at Tollcross Park... gave myself sunstroke one hot summer afternoon there.   Oh boy! I was really SICK.

My Parents were : John MacWilliam, born 1926 Swanson Street - he went to John Street Primary and Riverside Secondary along with his brother Jim MacWilliam and sister Jean MacWilliam.

My Mother: Margaret MacWilliam (nee McGuigan) she was brought up along with her 4 sisters by her Grannie (Mary Jane McGuigan) in Nuneaton Street, Bridgeton. and she now lives in Kirkintilloch, aged a young 81.

Thanks to the GlescaPals website I have been able to contact 7 or 8 former classmates. Thanks Webmaister!


GlescaPal Mags:-  I received an airmail letter today from my aunt in Canada who informed me that my pal Liz (Scotbandit a Glesga pal) also known as Liz, June Macwilliam married name was Mellis has died.
I am in shock as I have spoken to Liz for a few years and we had family connections we used to speak a lot on Skype.

I will miss her dearly. Liz was only 59 and died on April 13th there is a family gathering this Saturday 9th May to celebrate her life there will and open house in Sechelt Canada from 12 noon to 4pm with a eulogy and address starting at 1-30 pm this is for her friends and family who can make it.
RIP Liz, I will miss you so much.

GlescaPal Brian :- I appreciate that Mags knew her well and she will be very upset. As you know, I also got to know her well, but only through e-mails, Blogs and phone calls, I had never met her in person. But I felt that I knew her really well. I don't know if all the other pals know that I shared a Blog with her (we were both editors) about the primary school that we both went to "Newlands" at Parkhead. There were others involved in the Blog but essentially it was Liz and myself that did most of the admin in the end. I will miss her sorely and I am not sure if the Blog will survive without her.
The Blog concerned is the one that shows up as a link below my school photos. I will of course contact the others concerned with the Blog and then post info of her sad passing on the Blog.
Goodbye Liz, we will truly miss you.

PS: Anybody interested in looking at Liz in the Blog Brian shared with her, see the link below:

Or to see the Blog as it was written to date, click on:



the dash

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on his tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of his birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that he spent alive on earth...
and now only those who loved him
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars....the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live an
d love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at "dash midrange.")

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
with your life's actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they
say about how you spend your dash?

Author Linda Ellis

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