Monday, August 10, 2020

Dr William (Bill) D H Conacher

Sad news today of the passing of one of our life members.  Jane Roy contacted the club to tell us that her father, Dr William (Bill) D H Conacher, a Life Member of Victoria Park since 1947, passed away peacefully last Thursday at the age of 91 after a long illness.

Bill was Victoria Park's Club Champion, Scottish Champion, Scottish Universities Champion, and picked as a possible for the GB relay team at the 1948 London Olympics, although he was later confirmed only as a reserve.  He excelled at 440 yds but also competed at 220 yds.  He had the honour of carrying the flag for the Scottish Team in Paris in 1947 at the European Student Games.  He later competed for the RAF during his National Service after WWII.

In 1945 Bill was part of the Victoria Park Medley Relay quartet that appeared as a AAA Select and won their event at an International Meeting at the White City in London.  The team on that occassion was G Smellie, G Macdonald, W D H Conacher and J B Panton.

He went on to become Consultant Physician at Bangour General Hospital, West Lothian, from 1960 until his retirement.

There should be a death notice appearing in the Scotsman this coming Friday, the 2nd of October and Sir Tam Dalyell, former MP for West Lothian is preparing an obituary for the Independent Newspaper.  (Obituary-Independent)

Friends are invited to his funeral to be held on Friday the 9th of October at 2pm at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh, and afterwards at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, 32 Barnton Avenue, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh.

Gordon Innes