Douglas Johnston Obituary

As you will all now be aware Douglas Johnston, Bowls Scotland President in 2016 sadly passed away on Thursday 13th April 2017 at the age of 75 years.

Douglas (Dougie) started his working life in the ship yards on the Clyde-side, during his time here he completed his Electrical Engineer Apprenticeship. From here Dougie eventually trained to become an Electrical Engineer and until his retirement was a Senior Lecturer at Cumbernauld College.

Dougie was married to his wife Morag for over 50 years, starting his married life in Partick. They had one daughter Margo who along with her husband Alan gave them 3 grandchildren, Ross and twins Scott and Lynn. Any free time that Dougie and Morag had over the last 20 years was spent at their caravan (their secret bolt hole) in St Andrews.

Dougie was a keen bowler and had been a member of Partick Bowling Club since 1972, he was also made a Life member of the club. During his bowling career, he sadly never won the club Championship, but was a coach, umpire and also District Secretary for District 23 before becoming Bowls Scotland President. In 2007 Dougie became the President of the European Bowls Union until 2009.

Bowls Scotland Director and fellow District 23 member Thomas Hamilton noted “Dougie’s contribution to the sport and his enthusiasm for bowls and his fellow players was unrivalled and a thing of legend. I had the pleasure of his company recently for an 8 hour drive to and from Aberdeen for the Bowls Scotland AGM. His opinion and positive contribution to the regular Board meeting’s during his appointment as Vice President and President were greatly appreciated by everyone at Bowls Scotland”

Douglas’s funeral will take place at Clydebank Crematorium on Thursday 27th April 2017 at 9.30am thereafter everyone will be made most welcome at Partick Bowling Club where we can all share memories.

The family request no flowers at the Crematorium

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