Tribute to Dr. Fiona McEwan (1945-2017)

Paisley Colour Photographic Club was saddened to note the passing of our immediate Past President, Dr Fiona McEwan, on Friday 31st March, after a short illness. A Memorial Service was held onThursday, 6th April. at Bishopton Parish Church, with a Commital at Woodside Crematorium.
Fiona was a very talented lady. Her first degree in Botany at Glasgow University was followed by further research and the awarding of her Doctorate. She taught in Glasgow and Renfrewshire schools before joining the staff of Reid Kerr College (now West College Scotland) as a lecturer for many years, until her retirement.
She was also very much involved in several sports, esp. badminton. She did much to enhance the profile of badminton, as a highly qualified coach, then as team manager at the 1994 (Victoria) and 1998 (Kuala Lumpur) Commonwealth Games. After serving on various Committees, she became the first woman President of Badminton Scotland in 1999.
Fiona took on even more responsibility after that. As Badminton Scotland delegate to the Council of Commonwealth Games Scotland Fiona was first elected as a Board Director in 2001, then after serving on several Committees became CGS Vice Chair for two terms, standing down in 2015, the year after the Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow.
As well as this commitment to sport she found time to become an important philatelist, lecturing and showing her rare (and valuable!) stamps to specialist societies.
Away from Commonwealth Games duties her husband, Duncan, who had been very involved in photographic circles and PCPC, persuaded Fiona to become a member and take up photography. So Fiona became a member, and latterly a Life Member, helping at the various “Paisley International Colour Slide Exhibitions” over the years. Her talent for photography was demonstrated as her name is on several Club Trophies.
Despite her onerous duties with Commonwealth Games Scotland, Fiona became a Council member in session 2009-2010, moving to Vice President and then President for the two years 2013-2015. Her experience with working with so many Committees was a great help in keeping Council right on constitutional - and other - matters. As President, I was greatly supported by Fiona as Vice President. She offered great advice – and was always willing to have a chat over a cup of coffee.
Survived by her husband, Duncan, daughters Kirsteen, Deirdre and her three grandchildren, Fiona will be sadly missed by Scotland’s sporting community and her many friends here at PCPC.

Norma McDowall