It is with sadness and deep regret that we announce the passing of Boroughmuir Honorary Vice President, Norrie Bryson.
Norrie was one of our longest serving members and even after completing his successful Presidency, he continued to support and work for our club, driving Boroughmuir forward at every opportunity.
When I joined the club in 1979, Norrie was the u21 Team Manager and Coach. His influence ensured young players, like me, developed with strong rugby values and respect for our club, team mates, opposition and refs. That was one of the many legacies he left our club.
Norrie was our Honorary Secretary from 1980 to 1983 and was our President from 1986 to 1988; a period of great change at Boroughmuir. He was also the main driving force behind our very successful Summer Challenge events.
Norrie was always fund raising for our club, whether that was a sponsor a brick or sponsor a seat to support our pitch development or furnish the new clubhouse or even more simply “guess the weight of the team” to support my first ever 5 Nations trip to Dublin in 1981. Norrie’s fund raising was invaluable.
Norrie was 88 and during a packed life was a banker, in the forces, in the police, and then was a sales rep for various food firms. Norrie was a very popular man and the highlight of training on Thursdays was when Norrie, working for Burton’s Biscuits at the time, presented players with bags of broken biscuits. I loved his sense of humour, his entertaining stories and the level of fun he brought into rugby life. He had a great presence around our club.
Norrie was a big family man and our love and sympathy go out to his wife, Barbara, and his two daughters, Sheenagh and Fiona, plus two grand-children and five great grand-children
It will be a private funeral and the family intend to hold a get-together for rugby friends at club in the near future.
The picture shows Norrie enjoying hospitality at Boroughmuir's Centenary Dinner in 2019.