Jim Caldwell, a Tribute

The sad passing of Jim Caldwell on 16th April 2019 is a great loss to Paisley Colour. Everyone was aware that Jim had been suffering ill-health for some time, but particularly so in the past few months when he was unable to attend meetings. Nevertheless, he continued to handle entries for external competitions right up to his death, a measure of his dedication and commitment.

Jim joined PCPC in 1985 having previously been a member of IBM Greenock and Dumbarton Camera Clubs. He gave great service to the Club serving a total of 18 years on Council, with 4 years as Vice –President and 2 as President (1997-99). Following a spell as Competition Secretary in 1993-95 Jim took on the role of External Competition Secretary, preparing entries to represent the Club in SPF, PAGB, PSA and Renfrewshire competitions. Another area in which Jim took considerable interest and pride was in preparing the regular Club newsletter, The Image, from 1996 through to the time of his death.

In the days of film Jim made significant contributions to Club finances. For many years he bought rolls of film, batteries and slide mounts in bulk, selling these on to Club members at a small mark up and generating several hundred pounds annually for club funds until the advent of digital photography killed off this revenue stream.

Jim made a huge contribution to the Paisley International Colour Slide Exhibition, serving on the Executive for 15 consecutive years and contributing greatly to the organisation of the Nature Section along with the late Winifred Brown. Here, his computing background, great memory and slick handling of paperwork came to the fore when undertaking the many procedures involved in running an exhibition.

When IBM in Greenock closed down the unit in which he worked, he was offered early retirement at an unusually young age. Jim seized the opportunity as it gave him more time to pursue his interests in nature and the great outdoors, travelling widely at home and abroad. He made around 20 wildlife safaris to Africa with a particular passion for Botswana which he visited on several occasions. Many of the images taken on these trips gained success in exhibitions and competitions and the large body of work he amassed provided material for several excellent wildlife lectures which he presented to photographic clubs and other organisations.

Photography and Paisley Colour were very close to Jim’s heart and we are grateful for all he contributed during his time in the Club.

D. McEwan
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