Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Ian Moore

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IAN Moore, who has died at the age of 83, lived his life to the full – a multi-faceted life of business, community service, sport, adventure, family and a touch of politics.

After education at Dollar Academy and national service in the RAF, he spent his working life in the family footwear retail business in Berwick and the Borders, ably guiding it through the hazards of fashion, demand and competition and at one time running four shops.

He continued his family’s commitment to the RNLI and was an assiduous committee member from 1953 until his death – an unparalleled span of 60 years which included the presidency of the Berwick Lifeboat Station. How right it was that it should fly its flag at half-mast in tribute.

He won the respect of the crews, volunteers and supporters for his hands-on commitment to the Berwick lifeboat.

He was a long-term and active member of community service clubs. He was the last surviving founder-member of Berwick Round Table and was made its honorary life vice-president.

He was past president of the table, Berwick 41 Club and Berwick Rotary Club – of which he was the longest serving member and in his 50th year of membership.

He attended his last meeting only five days before his death.

He was an effective committee chairman and a lively participant in the many activities of the club most notably as a member of its successful “Ancients” quiz team.

He was also a committee member of the Berwick Probus Club.

In sport he excelled by foot, wheel and water. He was a successful participant in the Tweedside Cycling and Athletic Club Pier Field Sports. He was a member of Berwick Sailing Club and a keen motor-cyclist and car-rallyist as both navigator and driver – on one occasion even beating the great Jim Clark!

However, his forte was cycling. He a notable sprinter and also became co-holder of a Scottish national tandem record for 25 years.

He was a keen mountaineer and achieved several summits of over 3,000 feet in Scotland and 3000 metres in the Alps as well as completing arduous long-distance walks such as the Lairig Ghru.

He was an active Conservative and became president of the Berwick branch.

He was blessed with a happy family life, celebrating his Golden Wedding anniversary in 2006. He is survived by his widow Alice, their children Fiona, Barbara-Anne, Timothy and Helen and six grandchildren.

The many organisations to which he gave so much of his life will be the poorer for his passing and all whose lives were touched by Ian’s will miss his cheerfulness, commitment and distinctive sense of humour.

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