We have just been notified that Marion died last Sunday - December 9th.
Marion was the 51st President of the Scottish Bridge Union in 1989-90. She was only the fourth woman to fill the role.
Born in Motherwell, she graduated from Glasgow University and Jordanhill Teacher Training College. She taught in Glasgow High School for Girls, then Duncanrig Secondary School in East Kilbride where she came to live. She married Bob Hill (always referred to as ‘Bennie’ in 1959.
She was introduced to bridge by Pam Martyn (later Kissen). She represented Scotland in 5 Lady Milnes, enjoying success in even-numbered years in the 80s with Jennifer Monachan – they won the Trophy in 1980, 1984 and 1986. She played in the Common Market Women’s Pairs in 1983 with Jennifer, and again in 1989 with Morag Malcolm – on this occasion finishing as leading British pair in 5th place.
She won the Scottish Women’s Cup three times, with her three different partners, Pam, Jennifer and Morag.
Marion took early retirement in 1987, when she expanded her bridge teaching and became involved with the Scottish Schools Championship. She started a bridge travel business with considerable success.
We are sorry to report that Ayrshire's Jim Wilcox passed away today after a long illness. Jim was an accountant, who started to play bridge regularly in 1972, when he and his wife Pat were founder members of the Ayr Caledonian Club. He was a natural organiser, and was quickly attracted into bridge administration. He was appointed Treasurer of the SBU in 1993. When the then Secretary, Tom Workman, took on the Presidency in 1996 Jim combined the two jobs, handing back the secretaryship to Tom in 1997. He was elected President of the Union in 2000-01. After his year as Past President he took on the post of Secretary, a job he fulfilled with his customary efficiency and good humour. He retired from Council in 2003, but did not lose interest.
He attended the European Bridge League Tournament Director Course in 1996, and was the second Scottish Director, after Russell McClymont, to achieve a pass mark. He was a poplar director at many national events and congresses, and ran the Scottish Hilton Breaks for many years.
Jim served on the Laws and Ethics Committee for many years, the ideal member of a disciplinary panel because of his natural sympathy and ability to listen.
He has suffered from ill-health the last few years, but retained his interest in bridge affairs.
An old-school gentleman with an endearing sense of humour, a man whose presence was always welcome.
He will be much missed.
The funeral service is at 11.00 a.m. on Thursday 20th December at South Lanarkshire Crematorium.