Eddie played a big part in Linlithgow over the years

One of the hardest working members of Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club has died.

Thursday, 7th July 2016, 10:52 am
Updated Thursday, 7th July 2016, 11:56 am
Eddie played a big part in Linlithgow over the years

Eddie Crawley, a founder member of the club, also had firm links to sporting organisations in his adopted home of Linlithgow.

An accountant, Eddie was born on January 2, 1943, in Glasgow, the eldest son of Leslie and Peggy Crawley.

He attended St Aloysius College, Glasgow, and St Joseph’s College, Dumfries.

A a student at Glasgow University, he graduated and was recruited by Whinney Murray in Glasgow.

Eddie practiced for three years in Germany and that was where he met his wife to be, Netta, in 1969. They were married in


On returning to Scotland the couple settled in Linlithgow at 21 Deanburn Road.

Eddie, a member of Junior Chamber of Scotland, was very highly regarded by that association and was made a senator.

He enjoyed watching football and was a season ticket holder at Easter Road.

Eddie was a member of Linlithgow Rugby Club, Linlithgow Golf Club and West Lothian County Cricket Club.

He was an honorary member of both the rugby club and the golf club for his long service to each of them.

He and Netta have two grandchildren, Grace and Archie.

A committed member of the Catholic Church, he was on the committee which organised the parish trip to Bellahouston Park at the time of the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982 and subsequently served on the parish council.

He served on the board of Laetare (the hostel in the grounds of St Michael’s RC Church) as treasurer and was also served on the board of Abbeyfield.

Eddie embraced Rotary and took to heart the words of John Kenny (vice-president of RIBI at the time) at the charter presentation dinner in Semptember 16, 1991, in Inchyra Grange Hotel who said that the time to say ‘‘no’’ was over, from now on when asked a Rotarian was expected to say ‘‘yes’’.

Eddie said yes on many occasions over the years becoming treasurer after Colin Galloway and taking over as secretary from Alan Oliver. Apart from that he was both attendance officer and responsible for the club bulletin.

He took on several other roles for Rotary and was awarded Paul Harris Fellowships by the club and the district.

His requiem mass was held in a packed church and was attended by many.