2014 – Obituary – George Bryden, Past President
Suddenly but peacefully on Friday 31st October, 2014, George passed away in Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
“Wee George” (as he was affectionately known) was a member of The Mother Club for many years and served on the Executive Committee and progressed to be Honorary Secretary and President in 1995.
He was a Past President of Port Glasgow Bowling Club and was held in such high regard that when they celebrated their 150th Anniversary, they invited him to be President a second time.
He was an amateur dramatics enthusiast and was the “Pantomime Dame” at the Christmas Pantomime at the Greenock Arts Guild for many years and spent a great deal of his leisure time entertaining people at the care homes and local groups in Inverclyde and further afield. His singing and his sense of humour will be remembered for years to come.
He was a keen Burnsian, although he usually played himself down by crediting the other performers at the numerous Burns Suppers each year. He regularly performed at 25-30 Burns Suppers every year and was always willing to entertain at the drop of a hat.
A Service was held at Lyle Kirk, Newark Street Building, Greenock on Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 9.45am and thereafter processed to Greenock Crematorium. The service was a happy affair with over 500 people attending the church service. Friends from his many of his interests spoke kindly of him with many anecdotes to keep the congregation happy. He really was a man of the community with involvement in 58 various organisations within Inverclyde and beyond.
As friends left the crematorium, they were entertained by Jimmy Cagney singing ” I’m a Yanky Doodle Dandy”, Wee George’s party piece.
He will be greatly missed but anyone who knew him will know he is performimg “I’m a Yanky Doodle Dandy” to the angels.