Shinty in Mid Argyll has lost one of its great stalwarts with the passing of John Crawford of Ardrishaig after a short illness. John, aged 79, died in the Mid Argyll Hospital, Lochgilphead on the evening of Thursday 21st February.
John was born and brought up in Minard in Argyll. He was a former member of the South of Scotland area Executive Council and did a lot of work for the Referees’ Association. He was probably best known for his work with young players in Mid Argyll organising qualifying tournaments of the Aviemore Indoor Sixes Tournament for many years. Indeed his work for that tournament was recognised by the organisers when he was given a special award at Aviemore along with his great friend Donnie MacKenzie of Lochaber.
John was involved in the reforming of the Kilmory club in the mid 70s along with Ian MacPhee, the late Kenny MacRae, Roddy Munro and Alex Campbell. He also served on their committee for many years.
John had served as a policeman for a short time before working in the quarry at Furnace, then going on to be a very well-known driver with Gleaner Oils, who supported many of his shinty activities with young players in Argyll.
John was a great organiser and acted as goal judge in a number of senior shinty finals including the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup and notably the Camanachd Cup Final in Inverness when Gordon MacIntyre of Oban Camanachd scored his famous winner at the Bught Park. John apparently retrieved the ball from the net and lobbed another onto the park for the restart before presenting the goal-scoring ball to Gordon after the match.
John is survived by his brother Jim who played for Glasgow Police and he was pre-deceased by his wife Donella. As a couple they were permanent fixtures at most shinty events in Argyll and well beyond, and particularly at events involving young players.
The details of funeral arrangements are not yet available.