Farewell to Friends

Two good friends of the Society died recently and this note acknowledges the help that they gave over many years.
Brian Martin Longworth was born in Toronto to Scottish parents but soon the family returned to Scotland and Brian spent the rest of his life in the Glasgow area.    He worked for Glasgow Corporation’s Transport Department at the Bath Street headquarters and came to know just about everything about the extensive tramway network, and in more recent years about the complex suburban railway network.    Much of the Scottish news in our Journal came indirectly from Brian.    He died on 24 September 2016 – just 8 hours short of his 73rd birthday – from a brain tumour.   He had no living relatives and regarded the enthusiast railway and tramway bodies as his family.    Well over 100 attended his funeral on 06 October 2016 and at least six ERS members were present.   Many of those present had attended Glasgow’s Hutcheson’s Grammar School, including Brian, so that the reception at times became almost a school FP gathering complete with the singing of the school song!

Ernest Walker was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, where his father had been born and brought up but he moved to a job in Glasgow so that Ernie attended Hutcheson’s Grammar School then Glasgow University where he studied mathematics and accountancy.     He moved to the Toronto area soon after the completion of his studies becoming a prominent accountant in the Barrie area, moving to Waterloo after retirement.    Ernie was the source of much of the Canadian news material that appeared in the Journal over a period of over 40 years.    His funeral service was held in a Presbyterian Church in Waterloo and was conducted by his daughter Leslie, until recently one of a team of ministers at the Scots Kirk in Calgary.
Iain Frew.

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