The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Iain Baxter Funeral Arrangements

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12:00pm

Iain Baxter’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 11th August, 2pm at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh

The family have asked if anyone does have any curling photos of Iain, could they be emailed to: info@murrayfieldcurling.co.uk

 

Iain Baxter (Corstorphine Curling Club)

4 December 1948 – 29 July 2015

Iain was a good friend to many of us in the curling community, on and off the ice.  Iain was well known, loved and respected, not only in Scotland but all over the world.  He was a real character, a one off who loved life and lived it to the full.

Curling was in Iain’s blood and from an early age he was hooked on the sport. He was introduced to curling by his parents, his father Bobby, a pig farmer from Corstorphine and his mother Mabel, both were curlers and shared their love for the game with the next generation of Baxters. Iain was a keen competitor throughout his life, having been Scottish Champion at Junior, Scottish and Senior level.  His national titles included Scottish Pairs (1980, 1982 and 1983) and the Rink Championship (1972, 1978 & 1983).

Along with his brother Colin and the brothers Willie and James Sanderson, Iain was Scottish Champion in 1971 and 1978.  This put him on the world stage where he became silver medallist in the World Championships in 1971.  In 1978 the same team played in the World Championship in Winnipeg, though not as successful on the ice Iain made many friendships that lasted all his life.  In 2003 Iain played for Scotland in the World Senior Championships in Winnipeg adding a Bronze medal to his collection.  He travelled abroad to the Men’s World Championship most years and was in Halifax in April this year, meeting many old friends from all over the world.

Iain was a member of the Scots party who travelled to Canada for the Strathcona Cup in 1993. To those who toured with him and many others who shared off-duty time with him, including at the re-union a couple of weeks ago, he was always fun to be with, full of mischief but utterly without malice.

As manager of Murrayfield Curling Rink Iain did a power of work in promoting curling. Iain was most positive about bringing in new curlers to our sport. Testimony to this is the growth and continuing strength of young curlers, in Edinburgh today. He was a perfectionist, always using the ” hands on ” approach to ensure the competitions he ran and the ice were always of the highest quality.

Iain was committed to sharing his time and expertise, gained over the years and was President of Edinburgh Curling Club 1994-95.  He was appointed Manager of Murrayfield Curling Rink in 2002 and to this day supported on the boards of Murrayfield Curling Ltd and of Edinburgh Curling Club Ltd.

Iain was an active member of the RCCC Areas Standing Committee and the Performance Committee.  His long involvement in curling was recognised in June this year when he received the RCCC’s 50-year medal.

He supported the Scottish Ice Rinks Association through which staff of the rinks in Scotland shared best practice, technology, ideas and trends. He used his visits to the Icemakers School in Fussen to improve the standard of the ice at Edinburgh Curling Rink, and made sure his staff had the advantage of the same training.

Murrayfield Curling Rink was not known for flash advertising, it had the real thing in Iain Baxter. Not only was he instantly recognisable by his big smile and his voice, but he knew – really knew – curlers and curling in a way that earned respect in Scotland and around the curling world as one of our sport’s great characters. He was a great judge of character and called a spade a spade.

Outside of curling Iain liked nothing better than to meet people and to have a blether over the odd Macallan or two!  Over the last two years he leaned to transfer his curling skills on the bowling green, no national titles won there!

Iain was also a keen football supporter, particularly his local club Hearts; he went to as many of the Jambo’s home games as possible.  When he had time, Iain also liked going down to Manchester for the football and he brightened up the lives of everyone he met down there. He always managed to get Heart of Midlothian into the conversation at some point.

Iain Baxter was a great man and will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts are with his extended family, particularly his brother Colin, his sons Douglas and Graeme, their families and particularly the three grandchildren who he loved.