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Rod Turnbull 1952-2020

The loss of Rod Turnbull, to cancer at the young age of 67, is greatly felt at Stirling County. He was a great friend to many of us individually, with his cheery greeting, consuming sporting interests, and ready camaraderie. And he was a fine servant of the club over many decades.

In his younger days, Rod was a useful medium-pace bowler and cavalier lower-order batsman, playing mainly for our second and third teams. But it was his contribution off the field that has been of inestimable value to all of us at Stirling County. From the 1980s until the day he died, Rod was at various times (and sometimes simultaneously) secretary, treasurer, and chair of the club, a period of service broken only when he spent some years living and working in England – and even then, at a time when the management group was negotiating our move from Old Williamfield to the present ground, he was an invaluable source of advice and support. An article in the Stirling Observer once said of Rod that he ‘knows every blade of grass at (Old) Williamfield’ – a pardonable journalistic exaggeration, but one which summed up his engagement with the club.

This work behind the scenes is rarely fully appreciated by ordinary club members: from managing the budget while ensuring the infrastructure is maintained to reconciling opposing factions and soothing fragile egos – and a myriad matters in between. Rod brought to all this his business acumen and accountancy skills, and a strong eye for practical detail. But his selfless performance of these various roles was also marked by his personal qualities: diplomacy and good humour, an ability to strike the right wavelength with almost everybody, a can-do approach to problem-solving, and a dedication to the best interests of the club as a whole and of all its members. He was truly a tower of strength at Stirling County, and we shall miss him in every way.

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