In memoriam: January 2017

Winter landscape
By CA magazine

24 January 2017

Tributes are paid to the CAs who have recently passed away.

Stephen James Lister Adamson CBE CA

Stephen James Lister Adamson CBE CA, who lived in Egham, Surrey, died on 21 October 2016 aged 74. He was born on 10 July 1942 and admitted to membership on 25 November 1966.

After qualifying, he specialised in restructuring work, with the exception of five years spent outside the profession. In 1976 he joined Arthur Young as a Principal Manager of the London insolvency department, and was appointed Partner in 1978. He remained with the firm, which later became Ernst & Young, until his retirement in 2002.

Mr Adamson was also a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) and was elected to the council in 1984. He served as the President of the IPA in 1989 and led negotiations with the English institute to create the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency, now known as R3.

Mr Adamson was a member of the council of INSOL International from 1985 to 2001, and was elected President in 1993 for a term of two years. He was also appointed a CBE in the 1999 Queen’s birthday honours list for services to the insolvency profession.

Robert Murray Beith CA

Robert Murray Beith CA, who lived in Ontario, died on 7 May 2016 aged 78. He was born on 14 August 1937 in Glasgow and admitted to membership on 30 March 1960. After qualifying Mr Beith travelled to Canada, living first in Saskatoon and Calgary, before moving to Ottawa.

He was employed by Revenue Canada for 35 years, finishing his distinguished career as an Assistant Deputy Minister.

In retirement he enjoyed golf, reading and the company of family, friends and his dogs. He is remembered as the dearly loved husband of Shannon, loving father of Alison and Findlay, and the proud grandfather of Alec, Matthew, Maggie, Caitlin and Kendra.

David Thomas Bussey CA

David Thomas Bussey CA, who lived in Bristol, died on 5 July 2016 aged 71. He was born on 6 August 1944 and admitted to membership on 28 November 1967. After qualifying, Mr Bussey took a position with Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd, which was subsequently purchased by Rolls-Royce Ltd. He later became a Cost Controller at Roll-Royce Ltd, and prior to retirement was an Inspector with the Joint Monitoring Unit of ICAEW and ICAS.

George Mowatt Colman CA

George Mowatt Colman CA, who lived in Leven, Fife, died in February 2015 aged 85. He was born on 12 January 1930 and admitted to membership on 10 December 1957. After qualifying, Mr Colman took a position with the National Coal Board, was later Senior Accountant at Glenrothes Development Corporation, and prior to retirement was Financial Director/Secretary at Smith Anderson & Co Ltd.

John Crawford CA

John Crawford CA, who lived in Airdrie, died on 28 April 2016 aged 83. He was born on 12 October 1932 and admitted to membership on 14 September 1956. After completing his apprenticeship with J Wyllie Guild & Ballantine, Mr Crawford took a position with Jardine, Dunlop & Anderson, and prior to retirement was a Partner at Pannell Kerr Forster.

Peter Lyle Fairley CA

Peter Lyle Fairley CA, who lived in Helensburgh, died on 25 June 2016 aged 83. A businessman and yachtsman, he was regarded as one of the leading lights in sailing in Scotland for over half a century.

Born on 22 February 1933 in Glasgow, Mr Fairley was brought up in the West End of the city and educated at the Glasgow High School.

He completed his apprenticeship with Peat Marwick Mitchell and was admitted to membership on 14 September 1956. After qualifying, he moved to London with the firm and was involved in the flotation of British Steel.

In 1960 he returned to Glasgow and joined the mining machinery manufacturer Mavor and Coulson, eventually rising to become Company Secretary and Financial Director. He was later Managing Director of Auchinleck Investments Co Ltd, and prior to retirement was a Consultant. He was a member of the ICAS Glasgow Local Committee 1972/1973.

Mr Fairley’s lifetime passion was racing and cruising yachts, and he sailed 16 different yachts in many countries throughout his life. In 1965, he joined with other sailing enthusiasts to purchase yacht builders Robertson’s of Sandbank and helped develop the David Boyd-designed 25ft ‘Piper’.

He is survived by his wife Diana, son and two daughters.

John Gowans CA

John Gowans CA, who lived in Glasgow, died on 28 June 2016 aged 87. He was born on 7 November 1928 and admitted to membership on 30 March 1955. After completing his apprenticeship with Paterson & Benzie, Mr Gowans took a position with Raffray Brothers, Alexander and France, and prior to retirement was a Partner at Sharles.

Robert Stable Liddell FCA CA

Robert Stable Liddell FCA CA, who lived in Carlisle, died on 20 June 2016 aged 75. He was born on 11 January 1941 and admitted to membership on 2 April 1976 via a reciprocal arrangement with ICAEW. After qualifying, Mr Liddell was a Partner at Armstrong Watson & Co, and remained with the firm until his retirement as a Senior Partner.

John McLean Mcfadyen CA

John McLean Mcfadyen CA, who lived in West Kilbride, died in October 2016 aged 84. He was born on 25 January 1932 and admitted to membership on 19 September 1958. After qualifying, Mr McFadyen took a position with J Bennett (Aberdeen) Ltd, was later General Manager at British Bakeries Ltd, and prior to retirement was Director and General Manager at Macrays Bakery Deliveries Ltd.

Donald Iain Stewart McLachlan CA

Donald Iain Stewart McLachlan CA, who lived in Rio de Janeiro, died on 28 September 2016 aged 77. He was born on 27 July 1939 and admitted to membership on 25 November 1966. After qualifying, Mr McLachlan took a position with Price Waterhouse & Co, was later Finance Director at The Bowater Corporation Ltd, and prior to retirement was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director at Cathay Securities Ltd.

George Miller CTA CA

The death has been announced of George Miller CTA CA, who lived in Twickenham, and was born on 19 August 1929. He was admitted to membership on 19 September 1952. After qualifying, Mr Miller took a position with Helen M Lowe, and was later Senior Advisory Accountant at the Chief Inspector of Taxes, Enquiry Branch (Scotland). He subsequently became a Director at the Inland Revenue and remained with the department until his retirement as an Advisory Accountant.

Atholl Iain McCrostie BCom CA

Atholl Iain McCrostie BCom CA, who lived in Tunbridge Wells, died on 29 September 2016 aged 86. He was born on 13 January 1930 and admitted to membership on 26 March 1958. After qualifying, Mr McCrostie took a position with Thomson McLintoch & Co, was later an Accountant at Smith MacKenzie & Co Ltd, and prior to retirement was a Financial Director at Gilman & Co Ltd (Inchcape).

Donald McLean Pollock CA

Donald McLean Pollock CA, who lived in Dunblane, died on 16 August 2016 aged 71. He was born on 19 October 1944 and admitted to membership on 25 November 1966. After qualifying, Mr Pollock took a position with Thomson McLintock & Co before joining the University of Stirling as an Assistant Accountant. He later became the university’s Deputy Director of Finance, and prior to retirement was an Accountancy Consultant.

Gordon Scobie Ritchie ACMA CA

Gordon Scobie Ritchie ACMA CA, who lived in Edinburgh, died on 16 September 2016 aged 81. He was born on 18 December 1934 and admitted to membership on 27 March 1957. After qualifying, Mr Ritchie took a position with Watson McConnell & Co, was later Financial Director at Hugh Leggat Ltd, and prior to retirement was Company Secretary at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Ltd.

Gordon Randall Sturrock CA

Gordon Randall Sturrock CA, died on 14 July 2016 aged 87. Born on 4 April 1929 in Edinburgh, during early childhood he was evacuated to live with relatives in Calgary, Alberta. Upon returning to Scotland in 1944 he attended George Watson’s College and was admitted to membership on 18 September 1953.

After National Service, Mr Sturrock worked in Edinburgh for John Geoghegan and Co, before his love of travel took him to South Africa with the India Tyre and Rubber Company and then to the Neutral Zone between Iraq and Kuwait, where he worked as zone controller for Getty Oil.

There he met Margaret Samson, who was working in Kuwait as a nurse. They married in 1960, and returned to England where they had two children, Donald, born 1961, and Katherine, born 1963.

Mr Sturrock later accepted a position with Shell. He would stay with the company until he retired in 1988, working for them in Malta and Colombia, before returning to London where he was seconded to the Iraq Petroleum Company and finally appointed Finance Director of Shell International Marine.

Outside his professional life, he and Margaret shared their passions for music, the arts, good food and travel for 50 years, until Margaret’s death in 2010.

Friends and family recall that during Mr Sturrock’s final years he kept the twinkle in his eye and his love of a glass of champagne almost to the very end.

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