Stonehaven Rotarian dies aged 77

A WELL-KNOWN local Rotarian has died.

Gerry Parker, who was 77, was a past president of the Stonehaven brnach of the club. He died in hospital on Tuesday after a long battle with ill health.

Mr Parker has been described this week as a highly respected individual who worked tirelessly to promote important issues within his local community.

Mr Parker was also a keen sportsman and curled for Scotland in the 1980s.

Fellow rotarian and close friend Mike Robins said: “Gerry was a man of many different lives. He was a talented footballer in his younger days, he was an international curler, a very good golfer, a member of the rotary club and a respected fish merchant.

“He was a well-loved person and a mentor to me during my early days with the rotary. He was a real gentleman and the most genuine of guys.

“There was not a bad bone in his body and he was very passionate about things that happened locally.”

Mr Parker was born in Edinburgh and went on to serve with the Life Guards in the Household Cavalry.

He competed for Scotland in the curling World Championships in Glasgow in 1985, and went on to tour Canada with the team two years later.

Mr Parker worked the fish markets at Peterhead and Fraserburgh during the 1990s and remained a highly respected personality at the markets until recently.

Mr Parker was captain at Stonehaven Golf Club from 1998-99 and during that time he successfully campaigned for better equipment to help the greens staff maintain the course.

Mr Parker was also president of the Stonehaven Rotary club from 2003-04 and worked hard to promote good causes in the town.

Mr Robins added that his friend was recently awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship – the highest accolade in the international Rotary movement – for his work in maintaining and developing the relationship between the Stonehaven club and its twin, Thirsk, in North Yorkshire.