This original message was on the Bravenet forum which was used to start off the website. I thought this should be included in the new website. I am sure you will all agree.


It is with great sadness I report the death of Jim Gormley of Kirkintilloch the founder of The Strathallan Story Web Site. Jim passed away this afternoon Wednesday 11th June 2003 in Stobhill General Hospital Sprinburn Glasgow.

My previous report on Forum indicated he was not at all well.

Jim never recovered from the death of his wife Sheila during 2000 and was in and out of good health for the past three years. He was my families next door neighbour for 25 years, through the wall, and was the best neighbour anyone could ask for. He was hardworking, honest,proud, mannerly,helpful and any other description you could care to mention.

He is survived by Patricia,Maureen,Sheila ,Brenda,Michael and Kevin and Grandchildren.We send sympathies on the loss of a father and grandfather.

The Strathallan Story on the World Wide Web owes its presence to Jim. He was able to pass on the original story to myself and Les Jones. We had never heard of the Liner.

But Jim had been there and gave us guidance.

A poignant story in so many hearts and minds was brought together by the memories of this man Jim Gormley to allow so many people, survivors and relatives, of the events of 21st December 1942 to join together through the marvels of the World Wide Web.

I will miss Jim personally as a friend of 25 years. I therefore dedicate this day 11th June 2003 on the calendar of The Strathallan Story as Jim Gormley Day in memory of his work in bringing us the story of a poignant war time event to unite all participants.

Rest in peace and thank you Jim.

Robert Kennedy
11th June 2003

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