Farm labourer who created garden centre

Published in the Herald, Tuesday 8 October 2013

Businessman and horticulturist;

Born: January 28, 1937; Died: August 27, 2013.

Eric Gallagher, who has died aged 76, was a former farm labourer who left school at the age of 12 and through years of dedication and hard work, built up a multi-million pound horticulture business. With his family, he ran Cardwell Garden Centre at Lunderston Bay on the outskirts of Gourock and was a passionate gardener at home and at work.

The son of Irish immigrants who came to Scotland in the 1930s, Mr Gallagher believed in growing as much of his stock as possible locally and was convinced of the transforming power of gardening; it was, he said, a great social leveller.

Read more: Farm labourer who created garden centre

Francophile architect and teacher

Published in the Herald, Tuesday 24 September 2013

Born June 24, 1935. Died September 15, 2013.

A proud Scot and a Francophile, Professor Charles MacCallum was a dedicated teacher and an academic as well as a practising architect with an interest in showcasing design features in the buildings he helped to create.

Read more: Francophile architect and teacher

Father 'Ted' McSherry

Published in The Scotsman  Tuesday 22 January 2013 

Born: 29 September, 1934, in Liverpool. Died: 26 December, 2012, in Edinburgh, aged 78

Father Edward McSherry – known to everyone as “Father Ted” – was parish priest of St Mary’s Star of the Sea in Leith, Edinburgh. At the time of his death he was working and leading a full life, having recently returned from a visit to South America.

At his funeral, the church was packed with mourners, many of whom had travelled for long distances to mark the passing of this popular priest and to give thanks for what was described as a “simple life – and in the end he died as he lived – very simply”

Read more: Father 'Ted' McSherry

Professor John Orr, teacher and writer

Published Date: 29 October 2010
Professor John Mackinney Orr, teacher and writer.

Born: 26 July, 1943, in Gillingham,  Kent.
Died: 8 September, 2010, in Dirleton, East Lothian, aged 67.
A thinker, a talker and an intellectual free spirit, as well as a teacher and a prolific writer, professor John Orr, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social and Political Studies at Edinburgh University, leaves many gaps with his sudden death at the age of 67.

One of those will be in the cafe of the Edinburgh Filmhouse where the internationally known film theorist often sat in lively discussion with students or fellow cineophiles, chewing the fat over what they had just seen. On 13 November, the Filmhouse is to show a tribute screening of one of his favourite films - Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light.