Elderslie Golf Club has lost a much-respected and highly popular personality with the passing of Hon. Vice-President Tom Barclay. He died on Friday, October 17 at home – just a stone’s throw from the course he loved — in the village where he was born. He was aged 79.
Tom’s death has left fellow members sadly mourning the loss of a man who devoted a lifetime of service to the club, earning him a respect reflected in the high esteem with which he will be remembered.
The funeral will take place at Woodside Crematorium on Monday first at 12 noon.
Tom joined the club as a junior member in 1946 and, after graduating to the senior ranks, played a vital role on the committee for many years, particularly when he served as captain in 1965 and ’66.
His captaincy was marked by one of the most ambitious improvements to the clubhouse after the radical decision was taken to extend the original building on pillars out towards the practice putting green. This first step formed the basis of the excellent facility enjoyed by today’s membership.
Tom’s foresight and financial acumen also served the club well in many other areas and in 1996 he was appointed honorary vice-president in recognition of this continuous help and guidance.
Away from the arduous business of club management Tom was an affable companion on the course and in the clubhouse. He will be remembered with immense affection as a true gentleman and a good friend to many.
The Barclay association with Elderslie Golf Club is very much a family affair as Tom followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert, who had served as captain during the difficult war years of 1944 and ’45. Tom’s wife, Muriel, who predeceased him in 2011, was active in the ladies’ section, while sons David and Fraser are current club members.
The family has always been generous supporters over the years having presented trophies and prizes for various competitions in addition to other gifts.
In business Tom was a highly successful insurance broker and his Glasgow-based firm of T. H. Barclay & Co. was a regular sponsor of our biennial pro-ams. He was also a past-captain and enthusiastic participant with the Insurance Institute of Glasgow Golf Club.
Tom, who had been in ill-health for a number of years, is survived by sons David and Fraser, daughter Marion, and five grandchildren.
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