Saturday, November 17, 2018

Phyllis Williams 1945 - 2018

The news reached us last week that Phyllis Williams had died at home aged 73.  She gave a lifetime of volunteering to sport making a huge contribution to Athletics in Glasgow.  She was a PE teacher and became interested in athletics through the participation of her daughter Sally.  Her husband, David was Treasurer of City Of Glasgow A.C until its merger with Victoria Park in 2007 where he briefly continued in the post.  He had been a competing member of Victoria Park back in the 1960’s.

She was a member of Maryhill Ladies from 1975 – 1986 where she had apparently been a “useful sprinter”, then Glasgow Athletic Club from 1986 - 1990 and then City of Glasgow A.C from 1990 until its merger with Victoria Park in 2007.

She was President of City Of Glasgow A.C from 1990 - 1995 and then Vice President from 1999 - 2001.

She coached the younger members (U13 and below) of GAC and City Of Glasgow A.C from 1986 - 2007.

She team managed athletes competing in the SWAL and UKWAL whilst with City Of Glasgow A.C.

The family had close ties with Glasgow Hawks with her son, Keith, being a member.  Hawks held a minute’s silence in her honour at last week’s game against Watsonians at Balgray.  She was a long term friend of Hugh Barrow (Victoria Parks past president).  Hugh read a eulogy at her funeral on Monday 8th October.

Her enthusiasm and support for athletics will be long remembered by the athletics community in Glasgow.  Our thoughts are with Sally, Keith, brother Hector and the rest of her family at this sad time.