BIGGAR Rugby Club members were saddened to learn that Club Secretary Jim Thomson (67) had lost his battle with cancer.
Jim's involvement with Biggar RFC began when his sons took up mini rugby.
This interest blossomed and Jim was soon on the committee taking over as Secretary in 1994.
He served for four years and as his business involved computing he also took on the role of webmaster at Biggar RFC, a post he thoroughly enjoyed and which saw Biggar RFC well promoted on the web.
Jim then 'retired' before he volunteered to take up the secretary's post once again two years ago.
This time round he also took on the post of Premier 2 forum Secretary.
Jim was incredibly conscientious in both roles and his involvement at Premier 2 level was significant.
The news of his passing prompted many clubs to send messages of condolence to his family in Carnwath, via the club.
Each message recognised Jim's very brave and positive approach to his recent illness and all recorded the fact that rugby has lost a valued servant.
Jim is survived by wife Pauline and children Russell, Sally, Fraser and Murray.
Murray is of course club captain and Jim took great delight in following the 1st XV and Murray all over the countryside in his capacity as secretary and often donning a match reporters mantel.
More recently the pride of having Murray in the 1st XV has been equalled as Ryan, Fraser's son, began playing Mini rugby.
Fraser is now a P4 coach with, until illness made it too difficult, Jim back on the touchline providing encouragement.
While many members have been in touch, the club would wish formally to extend its condolences to Pauline and her family at a difficult time.
Jim's funeral was held on Wednesday and the respect with which he was held was obvious from the numbers who attended.