Tributes paid to true gentleman

The late David McClintock, secretary of the Grampian Club, Corby and Highland Gathering organiser.
The late David McClintock, secretary of the Grampian Club, Corby and Highland Gathering organiser.

Tributes have been paid to Dave McClintock – a true gentleman who ensured Corby’s Scottish traditions lived on.

Mr McClintock, chairman of Corby Highland Gathering’s organising committee and secretary of the town’s Grampian Association, died in the early hours of Thursday, aged 55, after a long illness. He leaves a wife Judy, a mother Rosie, four brothers and two sisters and their families.

Born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders in 1956, his family moved to Corby the following year.

Mr McClintock, who attended Beanfield School, was associated with the Grampian Club since its opening in 1978 and was a past chairman and long-standing committee member.

He had been its secretary since May last year. Keith Palmer, Grampian Club steward, said: “Dave was a true gentleman and he will be missed by everyone. It’s a very sad loss to the club and to Corby.

“He was committed and loyal to the club and worked hard to make it a success. He was involved with the pipe band section and was a keen bowler who played every Saturday.

“He worked closely with the club’s staff who were all shocked to hear of his death, as were our many members.”

Steve Ireland, Grampian Club treasurer, said: “Dave was involved in the Burns section and was on the entertainment committee. He had a bubbly personality and got on with everyone. Within reason, he would do anything for anyone and we’ll all miss him.”

As well as being a stalwart of the Grampian Club, Mr McClintock was a driving force behind Corby’s Highland Gathering.

He became involved with the event in 2005, serving as chairman of the organising committee and worked tirelessly to encourage firms and organisations to support it.

Deputy leader of Corby Council and gathering organiser Mark Pengelly said: “Dave worked hard to secure funding for the event and was a dedicated chairman. He will be greatly missed.”

The funeral service will be held at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Occupation Road, Corby, at 11am, on Wednesday, January 18, followed by cremation at Kettering.

Mourners will gather afterwards at the Grampian Club. There will be family flowers only but donations can be made to Lakelands Hospice in Corby.