Tuesday 9th February 2016

MANY messages of condolence have been received by Dumbarton FC ahead of the funeral in Cardross today of former chief executive Gilbert Lawrie, who passed away three weeks ago.

Club chairman Alan Jardine commented: “Gilbert leaves a huge gap at DFC, where he was ever-present and contributed mightily; not only to the day-to-day business of the club, but also to its strategic direction.

“We have lost not only a valued colleague but a true friend whose advice and steady hand helped steer the club to its best on and off field position in many decades.

“Gilbert was a gentle giant of a man, always mild mannered and with an impish sense of humour, one of life’s finer human beings. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Meanwhile, Chris Stainton offered “the sincere condolences of the investor group at Brabco, who worked so well with Gilbert, and who held him in very high regard.”

For the supporters, Sonstrust chairman Brian Payne added: “We are very sad today. Gilbert was a fan, as well as a lynchpin of the club. We feel his loss, but also the strength of the Sons family at a difficult time like this.

The funeral takes place at Cardross Crematorium at 2.15pm today, Tuesday 9th February, with a gathering afterwards at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium provided by the family.

Simon Barrow

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