James Andrew Carruthers
Former Captain and Champion of Wallacetown Golf Club
Jim Carruthers passed away peacefully at the age of 72 in the early hours of Tuesday 18th August 2009
Jim was the dearly loved husband of Mollie and father of Sandra, and a much loved grandfather, brother and uncle and a great friend of many. He was a strong “family man” dedicated to his wife and family who recall many happy holidays and other times they shared.
He was an easy man to like, a real gentleman, a quiet man, unruffled, calm and always smart and well turned out. He was a very contented person, usually smiling and laughing, always cheery, always optimistic, never complaining and a pleasure to meet.
Jim was the only son of Jimmy and Sally Carruthers. He and his twin sister were born on 14th December, 1936, they had three older sisters.
He was educated at Newtonhead School, which he left at 15. His father was a very keen horse lover and encouraged Jim to work in York Stables, initially as a stable hand, hoping he might become a jockey. As a youngster he was slim and slight of build which would have suited him for horse racing.
Later Jim was called up for National Service and served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in Malaysia and Singapore. Continuing his love of horses, one of his duties was groomsman for the regiment. After National Service he was no longer slim and slight and horse racing was no longer an ambition to be fulfilled. But his interest and love of horses remained with him all his life and he was looking after racehorses at Bells Lea Stables until his health ultimately failed.
Jim Carruthers joined Wallacetown Engineering in 1958, where he met Mollie, his wife to be. They married in 1962 and enjoyed 47 years of great happiness together. He served most of his working days at Wallacetown in various roles, and latterly as a Production Planner. He was respected for his work and gained many good friends
He was a man who enjoyed many activities, but he was a practical man and good around the house and did his share of housework, helping Molly as much as he could.
Jim was a keen gardener and loved flowers in particular. He loved both his garden and his home.
He liked fishing and football and snooker. He was a good bowler and a member of the Northfield Club for about 13 years, winning trophies and making many good friends.
He became a member of Wallacetown Golf Club in 1962 and was one its longest serving members. He was first mentioned in AGM minutes of 1965 when he was thanked for organizing an event. In 1966 he was elected to committee for the first time. In 1969 he served as Captain for the first time.
In 1970 Jim Carruthers presented Wallacetown Golf Club with the Nuri Trophy. The naming of this Trophy reflected a love of horses - “Nuri” was Jim’s favourite horse.
A conscientious committee member and an outstanding player in the club, he served as Club Captain no less than five times and has been Club Champion four times. He has won numerous competitions including at least fifteen trophies. His last success was at the clubs "Dalmilling Day" in April 2009.
As well as having an outstanding golfing record within the club, he has, in his official capacity contributed to the clubs well being throughout the years, and was an active committee member until the recent illness which finally took him from us.
Jim was a good friend, well liked and respected by all. He is sadly missed.
2007 Club Captain Jim Carruthers with some golfing friends
Jim Carruthers – Roll of Honour – Wallacetown Golf Club.
1969 Club Captain Belleisle Trophy
1970 Donated Nuri Shield
1972 Belleisle Trophy
1976 Merit Award
1976 George Campbell Cup
1977 Cetnarowicz Trophy
1978 Nuri Shield
1981 Club Captain
1983 Cooper Trophy
1984 Cetnarowicz Trophy
1989 Club Champion
1990 Club Champion
1991 Club Captain Rosebowl
1992 Club Champion
1994 Club Champion
1997 Belleisle Trophy
1998 Club Captain
2006 Captain’s Prize
2007 Club Captain
2008 Mitchell Cup
2008 Medal Play-off
2009 Dalmilling Day