Bill Hunter, who has died aged 93, was a distinguished and much-loved personality in Scottish public life, whose interests spanned politics, the Salvation Army and numerous charitable organisations.
He was a quietly charismatic and warm presence, and a towering presence, literally and figuratively, standing 6ft 5in, even without the bowler hat that distinguished him throughout his working life.
Kay, his wife of 63 years, said of the many organisations with which he was involved: “It’s impossible to single out one as being particularly important to Bill. They all were. If he got involved, he gave his all.”
The beneficiaries included Kilmacolm Old Kirk, where Mr Hunter was appointed an elder in 1957 and session clerk in 1966; the Salvation Army, where he was a founder member of the West of Scotland Advisory Board in 1965, becoming chairman in 1982; Quarriers Homes, for whom he was appointed honorary treasurer in 1979, becoming acting chairman from 1989-92; Erskine Hospital, where he became honorary financial adviser in 1982; and the Trades House of Glasgow, where he was deacon convener from 1986-87. Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution were other organisations served with distinction by Mr Hunter.
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