Friday 22nd January 2016
HUNDREDS of messages of condolence, sadness and tribute have been received by Dumbarton FC following the announcement of the tragic, untimely passing of chief executive Gilbert Lawrie.
The club has expressed sincere gratitude for the outpouring of sorrow over the loss of someone who has been a stalwart for the club over many years.
Fans, other clubs, players and former players, sponsors, the football authorities, supporters’ organisations, the local MP and MSP, community representatives and friends far and wide are among those who have sent messages on social media, by email and by post.
A spokesperson said: “Obviously everyone associated with the club is in shock at the moment. Gilbert was an important member of our family. We thank all those who have sent messages. We are not able to respond to every one, but they are all noted and truly appreciated.”
Consideration was given to postponing tomorrow’s Championship match against Raith Rovers, away in Kirkcaldy. But in the end it was felt that Gilbert would have wanted it to go ahead. A minute’s applause will be observed.
Our friends at Raith posted the following message on their website earlier: “Everyone at Stark’s Park has been deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Dumbarton FC’s CEO Gilbert Lawrie yesterday. Gilbert was a good friend who will be sadly missed.
“As a tribute to the big fella there will be a minute’s applause before kick off on Saturday.
“All of the Raith Rovers board are close to our Dumbarton opposite numbers, and we feel their sorrow. RIP Gilbert.”