It is with sadness that we report the passing of one of the Club’s stalwarts, Bill Clark, aged 91, died peacefully at Beechgrove Nursing Home on Thursday 28th May.
Bill was a member of the Rugby Club for over 70 years, and was President in the mid seventies.
The best way to describe Bill is quite simple – he was one of life’s “gentlemen”. A quiet unassuming man he made time for everyone and nothing was too much trouble for him.
The one and only time I saw him slightly annoyed was during his Presidency when he once spent his entire Sunday travelling between Dundee and Glasgow in his van, returning all the “trophies” which had been collected by the 1st XV on their way home on the bus from Glasgow after a league game.
Trying to explain to irate Publicans how their fruit-machines and tables had been carefully handled on and off the bus and suffered no lasting damage fell on deaf ears and Bill had to endure their full wrath!
His support for the club was unconditional and he would often appear at training and take part himself as well as supplying a box of fruit for the players – after all, he had his own Fruit and Veg business!
A passionate and accomplished angler he fished his own stretch on the river North Esk very successfully for nearly seventy years and was never happier than when sharing his beat with his son Patrick and close friend Pete Murchie.
He was a proud family man and loved spending time with both son Patrick and daughter Susan and their families. His beloved wife Elizabeth sadly passed away a few years ago, but right to the end Bill was his usual charming, friendly and welcoming self to all.
There can be few men who have served the club so well and faithfully, and it always had a special place in his heart.
He will be sadly missed.