## ## Tributes pour in for East Kilbride cycling stalwart
Jack with his awards for services to the cycling club (Image: EKN)Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Record dailySubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeTributes are pouring in for East Kilbride cycling stalwart Jack Robertson, who was laid to rest last week.The 84 year old honorary president of St Christopher’s Cycling Club passed away in Hairmyres Hospital last Tuesday, May 31, surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness.Members of the East Kilbride cycling club, of which Jack was a long time member before being named club president, cycled to the funeral at St Vincent’s Church in their purple and yellow club jerseys as a mark of respect for the much loved great grandad.The Greenhills man was laid to rest at Philipshill Cemetery.A statement issued on behalf of the club read: “It is with great sadness that we are sorry to say that Jack Robertson, our Hon Club President and Timekeeper, has passed away on Tuesday evening, the 31st of May.”He was still excited about cycling to the end and just that very morning had expressed his desire to come up to the Auldhouse that evening and even to the Willie Rafferty TT on the A77 the next night. Sadly it was not to be.”In the last year Jack had suffered with a few ailments but most tellingly a poor kidney function. As you know he had curtailed many timekeeping duties including the Tuesday nights.”We think that he had been timekeeping at the Auldhouse for over 30 years, as well as timekeeping at the open events in the West of Scotland. It will be a big loss to the club and he will be sadly missed by all, especially at the Auldhouse league.”Our thoughts go out to his wife Mary and family. One thing though, Jack’s recipe for the league handicap will go with him!”Just last month Jack was honoured by the club by naming a league after him the Jack Robertson Auldhouse League in recognition of his contribution to the club over the years.His granddaughter, Mairi Standing, told the News: “He was immensely touched by this, but was so modest that he never mentioned it to anyone, and many of his family only found out about it after his death.”Since his passing, tributes have flooded in from Scotland’s cycling community which, his family say, has been a great comfort to his wife Mary and sons Jack and Allan, knowing just how well loved and respected he was.Originally from Glasgow, Jack worked as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for over 40 years.He married his wife Mary in 1956 and lived in Nitshill with their two sons before settling in East Kilbride, where he lived for 43 years.A devoted husband, Jack would have this September celebrated his diamond wedding anniversary, being married to his beloved wife Mary for 60 years.Also a proud father, Jack’s sons have fond memories of cycling all over Scotland and staying in youth hostels with their dad when they were younger.Mairi added: “His love of cycling was so great, that he only learned to drive on his retirement! He loved taking day trips to Ayr and Largs and would suggest a run in the car at the drop of a hat.”He would always include his brothers and sisters in law in these trips and it really helped lift their spirits as they grew more infirm over the years.”Nothing was too much trouble for Jack. Everyone who met him would say that he was true gent.”Jack was grandad to Mairi, Colin, Graeme, Amy and Kevin and great grandad to Jack and Martha. He took great pride in being a grandad, and great grandad and whenever we would visit we would be guaranteed a great day out whatever the weather!” said Mairi.Another great passion of Jack’s was Clyde FC. He had been a regular at their matches since 1940 and was a season ticket holder until very recently when ill health prevented him from braving the cold in the stands every Saturday.