Farewell to true gent, Trevor

Respected and much-loved Trevor Baney from Dalmally with his wife Jenni.

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Dalmally villagers have bid a fond farewell to true gent and friend Trevor Baney.

The community turned out to line the route of Mr Baney’s final journey after he died from Parkinson’s last month aged 84.

Up to Dalmally Station, down past the golf club and a right through Stronmilchan where he was a crofter in his early years, people stood socially distancing on pavements, at garden gates, by cars, in car parks, on grass verges and behind bushes at the cemetery due to COVID-19 restrictions to acknowledge the life of a man who touched them all with ‘goodness and grace’ said neighbour and longtime friend Elizabeth Malcolm who led this tribute to him.

Mr Baney leaves his wife of 12 years Jenni, two daughters from his first marriage and three grand-daughters.

Mrs Malcolm said: ‘To simply sum up what he did doesn’t do justice to his memory, how he did it is essential.

‘Trevor was a quiet man, a gentle man, a courteous and a kind man, if possibly from another era he consistently touched ours with goodness and grace,’ she said.

He was a grazing’s clerk before becoming an ambulanceman stationed at Dalmally Railway Station and he served as a voluntary firefighter for 15 years.

After leaving the Ambulance Service, he became Area Secretary and Insurance Agent for the NFU, setting up office at home in Glenview.

‘He made many friends and won the respect of the wider farming community for his diligence and reliability.

‘He had his hand in most things here in Dalmally, always serving, always working,’ said Mrs Malcolm.

In right at the start of Dalmally Historical Association, he served as treasurer, secretary, archivist and chairman. He also served Glenorchy Parish Kirk for years, notably fundraising.

Mr Baney dedicated time to the Community Centre Committee as treasurer, secretary and chairman  at various stages and was a committee member and treasurer at Dalmally Golf Club.

‘He was, of course, known unofficially as The Poppy Man  – real title, Convenor of the Earl Haigh Scottish Poppy Fund for many years,’ added Mrs Malcolm.

‘Being born to parents who worked for the Diplomatic Service and earning his wings becoming a RAF pilot in 1960, helped shape Trevor a certain way and our community benefitted from that. He was a total gentleman and was steadfast  – he wore so many hats,’ she said.

To hear a recording of Trevor talking about his life, recorded in 1999 as part of a Millennium project, go to Dalmally history.org/about-us