Scottish Group is sad to report that Jimmy,
known to his contemporaries as 'Snakie', died on 19th
September 2011 aged 84 years. He joined
the Ivy Cycling Club in 1945 accompanied by his brother, Jackie and a
friend, Neil Given, all from Possilpark,
was club Novice Champion in 1946 and got the nickname, 'Snakie' from
"The Colonel", Alex Jackson,
because he always managed to weave his way to the front of the group.
This success was followed
in the future
by winning other trophies including Senior Champion. In 1953 he
at the Isle of Man
Races. His cycling career had many high spots.
was a downside, on long club runs and training sessions he was always
up-front, urging everyone to do better;
competition was fierce.
the work front Jimmy was a Master Engraver, a craftsman, working with
silver and gold engraving trophies for
many clubs in the West of Scotland, attending sports meetings,
agricultural shows etc., to engrave
medals and cups for prize winners as the events concluded. He was 70+
before he retired as his skill was in high demand, engraving Ivy
Cycling Club and other club trophies over a 55 year span.