This is from the Scottish Mountain Rescue Facebook page:
” SMR were saddened to hear of the passing of Dick Tough. Dick was a long-standing member of Lomond MRT, serving on Lomond’s committee and holding posts of Training Officer and Deputy Leader. Nationally he held the post of Treasurer for MRCofS for about 12 years up until the AGM of 2008. He continued to be a supporter of Lomond MRT and attended their 50th birthday celebrations earlier this year. He had a sustained and deep commitment to MR, locally and nationally; operationally and through national work.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
I knew Dick well through my work with the Executive of the Mountain Rescue when I was the Vice Chair and then the Chair. Dick was the Treasurer a huge voluntary task and one he did with true professionalism. We got to know each other well these were long meetings that seemed to go on and on! We always had a laugh and shared some stories with John Hinds often into the wee small hours. Looking back we even had a few walks between the many meetings we attended as Executive members and shared a lot of time together.
Dick was an ex Navy Officer and with me being RAF we worked well together during our time,there was a lot of banter. He will be sorely missed and my thoughts are with his family.
This is from Lomond Mrt
Dick Tough – “It is with sadness that Lomond MRT mark the passing of team member Dick Tough. Dick was a Team member since 1979, Faslane Royal Navy Officer, Dick, was the team’s first ever official Training Officer. In six years transforming the nature of our work. Later to step into the role of Deputy Leader, proving to be indispensable. Nationally, Dick was appointed as Treasurer for The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, serving for twelve years until 2008, always showing a sustained and deep commitment to the cause of Mountain Rescue in the United Kingdom.
“He always knew what to do in difficult circumstances and never wavered. He was a master at delegation (perhaps stemming from his military background) and was highly skilled at persuading others to lift, carry, fetch etc! But it was a gentle touch that endeared everyone to him. Dick was a professional, disciplined, effective and committed team member and he will be remembered fondly, not least for his memorable mulled wine each Christmas” (Bob Sharp, former Team Leader)
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.
Thanks to Lomond MRT, Scottish Mountain Rescue and Bob Sharp for the use of their words and photo.