Townsfolk were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of former Trinity church minister, the Rev. Lindsay Thomson.
The 76-year old widower was found dead at his Bourtree Bank home last Thursday night, and since then tributes have been paid to a popular and well-liked minister, who endeared himself to all.
Trinity church session clerk Muriel Bowie, who had been friends with Rev. Thomson since 1972, said: “Lindsay was a faithful minister at Trinity for 36 years, and a respected minister. I’ve known him since he first came to Hawick.”
She added: “It is a real shock, very sad.”
And it was not only at Trinity that the minister’s guidance and friendship was valued, with the congregation at Cavers and Kirkton, to which Trinity became linked, latterly joining his flock.
Gordon Jackson, who worked alongside Rev. Thomson in his role as session clerk at Cavers and Kirkton, told the Hawick News: “Like everyone I was devastated to hear the news that Lindsay had passed away. He was a great friend to Cavers and Kirkton when our previous minister departed.”
And speaking of a man that he held in high regard, Mr Jackson added: “He was an easy-going minister and a very humorous chap, and I have lots of happy memories of him.”
He added light-heartedly: “By his own admission, Lindsay was not the best driver in the world and his car had more bumps than all the cars in the Borders. But all I can say is he was a very, very nice person, nothing was too much trouble. And it didn’t matter where Lindsay went, he always fitted in. He will be sorely missed.”
Indeed, Rev. Thomson not only looked after his church congregation, but had also been the Hawick Callants Club chaplain for 15 years. President Derick Tait has also spoken of the high regard in which the minister was held, stating: “Lindsay was an extremely well-respected chaplain of our club, and he was a faithful and dedicated attender of all of our functions. He always took an interest in the affairs of the club and the town. He spoke at one of our dinners with such good grace and good humour, and will be sadly missed.”
Rev. Thomson also kirked many Cornets, and his Common-Riding connections were further strengthened when he was invited by the previous year’s Provost, Kenny McCartney, to be the Chief Guest in 2007. During a rousing address at the Colour-Bussing, the thrilled minister said it was “the greatest honour which had ever been bestowed on him in his life”.
And he revealed to a packed town hall: “I was once given a wonderful compliment that I was ‘yin o’ oor ain’, and there is nothing I would rather be more.”
Current Provost Stuart Marshall added: “Lindsay will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him, and I think anyone who attended the Colour-Bussing when he was Chief Guest will never forget his wonderful and humorous address.”
The funeral service will take place at Trinity church at 1.30pm on Monday, to which all family and friends are invited, followed by Wilton Cemetery at 2.30pm. There will be a collection for the church.