Stalwart of community clubs in Berwick has died, aged 87

A former bank manager who devoted a lifetime to work for the church, 60 years of service to the scout movement and played a major role in the community of Berwick after retirement, has died.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 09:06
Andrew Dewar

Andrew Dewar, of Roddam Court in Tweedmouth, was 87 and a memorial service was held for him in St Andrew’s Wallace Green Church last Tuesday.

Born in Fauldhouse, he spent much of his early life in Scotland, apart from 1947-49 which he spent in the RAF as a nursing orderly.

He enrolled in the boy scouts while still at school, started wolf cub packs, became a district cubmaster and assistant district commissioner.

He continued his work in Berwick, became district commissioner then chairman of the North Northumberland Scouts Association, which stretches as far as Seahouses. With Lord James Joicey, he helped to set up the Cheviot Project which shaped the future of scouting in the North East.

For many years he served on the committee of the Berwick Infirmary League of Friends, where his efforts were regarded as invaluable.

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He was on the management committee of Berwick Abbeyfield House, an enthusiastic member of Berwick Civic Society and as a civilian volunteer assisted the Berwick 1016 squadron Air Training Corps. He also delivered meals on wheels and was in Berwick History Society.

He became a stalwart of St Andrew’s Wallace Green Church where he was an elder and editor of the church magazine, among many roles.

He was also a regular at Berwick Rangers home matches until earlier this year.

He was also a member of Berwick Probus Club and Berwick St Andrew’s Club, where he was president in 2004.

Pre-deceased by his wife, Kathleen, Mr Dewar is survived by two daughters, Karen and Andrea.