We often stop off in the pretty Scottish town of Callander on the River Teith on our way to northern Scotland. This isn’t just because it has a useful large car park, Callander marks the boundary between lowland Scotland and the Highlands and it has a great bakery, making it a perfect place to rest and stock up on scones and pancakes before continuing in to the spectacular scenery of the north. We stopped in Callander last summer on our way to Orkney and the North-East of Scotland.
After making a brew I took my mug out to the benches by the river and found this delightful memorial bench to Tony Ffinch. Tony Ffinch died suddenly at the age of 74-years. I learnt that Tony Ffinch was active in his community as a local councillor in Callander from 2000 until 2012 and as a Rotarian. He also had ran a bed and breakfast in his home town of Callendar.
Tony Ffinch’s community activities included being appointed to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, and being involved in Stirling Council’s Planning Panel and Regulation Functions Panel, Trossach’s Tourist Association and the Strathyre Association.
As well as so many civic duties the plaque on the bench commemorating Tony Ffinch expresses movingly how he is fondly remembered by loved ones and that he gave himself generously to his family and friends. His obituary discloses that his death touched many loving family members.