OBITUARY: Ian Lockie

Ian Lockie was born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire on 18 May 1936 and died in York on 24 March 2020, aged 83. He had been my friend for longer than anyone else having lived initially in Evan Drive, Giffnock not far from my home in Huntley Ave. We went together to Giffnock Primary School, then to Hutcheson’s Grammar School (“Hutchie”) before spending time at Glasgow University. Ian qualified with an MA degree and was successful in gaining a rare position as a Traffic Apprentice with British Railways after which he became Station Master at Stranraer. His responsibilities covered two stations and the ferry link to Larne in Northern Ireland. Later he moved to England being based at York in the offices there and later joined the team that examined the case for closure of a station or route. His last “for closure” line was the Settle and Carlisle route and he was sufficiently convinced that this should remain open that he took a deliberately long time to consider the situation so that by the time he produced the weakest possible case for closure the political climate had changed and closure moves were withdrawn. Today the “S&C” remains as a memorial to Ian busy with full passenger trains and heavy through freight traffic. He sent reports regularly to this writer for inclusion in the ERS Journal, and later in this news site.

In his time off duty Ian had an active musical life playing the cello with considerable skill in a York based orchestra. He had a major interest in Coastal Shipping, especially on the Clyde and every year he would make a point of “sailing doon the watter”. He was well known to the crew on the preserved paddler “Waverley”. He joined the Church of Scotland (with this writer) in Giffnock South Parish Church almost 70 years ago but found no difficulty becoming active within the Church of England taking services at his local church as a “reader”. Opposed to women serving in the clergy he faced stressful situations at times but eventually accepted the position that was agreed by the Archbishops. Ian never married but is survived by his brother David who had been a family doctor in Tighnabruaich before retiring to Tenerife.

A brief service was held at York Crematorium on 6 April 2020 but a celebration of his life will take place at a future date when the present gathering together restrictions are eased.

Iain Frew

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