Sad News & Fond Farewells

John McSpadyen – RIP

Most of you will have known John McSpadyen who was a founder member of ACCC having been one of the original MCOG members who ‘transitioned’ the club to the all inclusive ‘multi-marquee’ club we enjoy today.

We will say a final fond farewell to John, our erstwhile treasurer, membership secretary and very long-term solid supporter of our Club at 1230 hrs on Wednesday 20 Dec 23 at Dreghorn Crematorium.  Pat has extended an invitation to close the day at the Park Hotel Kilmarnock.

John was a winner of the Club ‘best support’ quaich and was rightly highly regarded by the Committee.

In the early days he was to be seen at shows looking smart in his Panama hat whilst displaying his delightful old cream MG T type.  If I remember correctly, that was replaced by a BRG MGB GT but he then left the MG fold for a Stag and finally a Rover.  Right up until the end he worked on his cars.  He was a true enthusiast.

We will all miss John’s wit, although I was never sure whether he meant it when he groaned over my ‘jokes’ at the Club Dinners.  John was “getting on a bit”, but having been told that he would be 90 on his last birthday (you know who you are!) I sent a card to him on our behalf congratulating him on reaching that milestone.  I’m not sure that he was amused (sic) ‘cos he was only 85!


Alex Johnstone – RIP

Sad news that Alex Johnstone, that passionate Izuzu owner, passed away on Sunday morning having been admitted to hospital on Thursday.

Alex had been plagued with serious health issues for some time and had been in and out of hospital several times.  I met him a couple of weeks ago in Ayr and hardly recognised him.

You will remember him as a snappy dresser.  Despite his travails he said that he was looking forward to the future and re-vamping his wardrobe having just purchased a new suit.  He had had disposed of his old clothes when he recently moved to Kilbirnie.

Alex’s grandaughter sends this invitation to us.

‘As my gran is just having a Direct Cremation, the remembrance tea in January is his funeral service I’m doing myself for him.

Come celebrate Alex’s Birthday and life with a Remembrance Tea on the 15th January 2024 at The Ship Inn, Irvine Harbour at 12pm.’

Please let us know if you can attend.




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