Colin Rennie…

Colin’s Scouting Service:- ASM 15th Ealing: 1952-1954; A/RSL 15th Ealing: 1955-1957; A/DSL 1st Isleworth: 1957-1958; ARSL 2nd Isleworth: 1959-1960; GSL 2nd Isleworth: 1960-1962; ADC.R Isleworth & Osterley: 1962-1965; DC Isleworth & Osterley: 1965-1968; DC Pinner & Headstone District – 1968-1987.

Colin will be especially remembered for his interest in and dedicated work with numerous organisations including:- Scouting, Round Table, Rotary International, Justices of the Peace, Many Orders of Freemasonry, Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club, The Environment Agency, Royal Yachting Association and he was a Freeman of the City of London.

Eulogy given by John Maguire

I first met Colin 34 years ago when he was, amongst many other things, the District Commissioner for Scouts in
Pinner, He was not only one of the very best DCs but also the longest serving, He did this for 39 years. In that time he built Pinner into the largest district in the county of Greater London North West with over 1,500 Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts.

He was also a JP for over 25 years and became Chairman of the Juvenile Bench in Middlesex. This was a job that Colin really enjoyed and he was very highly respected. That was typical of Colin, you didn’t just do a job you had to be the best at it and he was. Some short time after we met I introduced him and Margaret to boating and they purchased their first boat and joined “The Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club” that changed his whole life. Within a few years he became the Commodore and again showed a remarkable aptitude for leadership.

He was undoubtedly a great Commodore and would spend his entire weekend going round all the boats talking to people, no one was ever left out He was a great one for dreaming up new boat handling tests, and became one of the most sort after competition judges on the river. He was also a great delegator, he could always find someone to “volunteer” for whatever job wanted doing and whatever position needed filling, I know this as I also ended up as a Commodore thanks to him. Colin had been a Trustee and Vice President of UTMYC for 10 years.

After he ended his term as Commodore he really missed being the boss, so he also joined the “Oxford Ditch Cruising Club” where again after a few years he became their Commodore and I am reliably advised that he made a great job of that as well.Colin’s last major job was as Chairman of the “ATYC”(Association of Thames Yacht Clubs). This body represents the boating fraternity on the River Thames from Lechlade down to and including the Thames Estuary and has 50 plus clubs affiliated to it. He has did that job for 3 years and his persuasive powers helped to influence the powers that be to reinvest in the leisure aspect of the River Thames. These and many other important issues are still being pursued thanks to Colin, by this very powerful organisation,

You only had to look round the congregation at his funeral to see the huge impact he had on so many people’s lives
and recognise that he was a truly remarkable man. Our thoughts go out to Margaret his wife, their son Alistair, brother Mike, sister Angela, and all the family,