FRIENDS of the late Moir Garrett say his death last Saturday has left an irreplaceable void in the Milngavie community for which he worked so tirelessly.
Moir (86) died in St Margaret’s Hospice and although his stay was brief, having been admitted only the day before, he was already well known there.
For years he was a regular bearer of friendship and solace to countless patients at St Margaret’s - just one of the factors which led to his being bestowed with an MBE.
His passing was peaceful and he bore with great dignity, the final throes of the cancer to which he ultimately succumbed.
Despite the time he dedicated to the sick, at his own end he gave strict instructions to his devoted partner of 20 years, Jean Maughan, to tell no one that his time was so close.
Thinking of others to the end, he said people had better things to do than sit by his bedside.
Long-time friend Ann Hunter, founder member of Milngavie Community Centre, said that attitude was typical of Moir and explained: “Everything he did for people personally, or for the community at large, he did quietly and with no fuss. Milngavie and the surrounds will be a poorer place for the loss of Moir.
“He tended the sick, walked their dogs when they were too ill to do so, organised the annual old folks theatre trip, funding that and other good causes from the door-to-door paper collection scheme he started up before the days of organised re-cycling.”
When, through the Herald in the mid 1990s, a famous whisky company ran a competition to find the district’s Local Hero, entries nominating Moir flooded into the paper.
Typically the five gallon flagon of whisky prize was immediately donated as a raffle for funds for the senior citizens’ group and his cash prize was also given away.
If his Local Hero award was a bit of a fun badge, not so was his Arctic Medal, Paul Harris Fellowship award and MBE – all of which he was quietly proud.
Moir was associated with many local organisations, including being an enthusiastic member of the Ramblers and History Group.
On the day he died he told Jean that through the Herald she was to thank all he had come to know in the community for their comradeship and friendship.
Having donated his body to Glasgow University for medical research there will be no imminent funeral but details of a memorial service will be announced shortly.