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Obituary: Brian McGrath, 1969-2011

In December McGrath lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 42; an illness borne with characteristic fortitude and determination to minimise its debilitating effect on his life.

His contribution to the activities of ICE in Edinburgh over almost two decades was substantial; from G&S, through the main Edinburgh Area Branch (EAB) to the regional committee, enthusiastically supporting and chairing all three at various times.

He brought innovation, organisational ability and sound judgement to each activity in which he was involved. Typically, on hearing that the examiners were concerned about the poor standards of English shown in the ICE professional review papers, he arranged for an English teacher friend to tutor the Written Assignment preparation course to ensure significantly improved standards of syntax and grammar, and extended the course to a full ten weeks.

Two years ago, he rejoined the EAB committee and extensive experience of ICE affairs enabled him to contribute valuable informed opinion on its many activities. He recently undertook to investigate the means of preparing a digital historical archive of local ICE activities and indeed was due to report on his findings at a committee meeting held the day after his death.    

Brian graduated in civil and transportation engineering from Napier University in 1992 and worked with local consultants and contractors until obtaining his MICE, before joining Scottish Water and its antecedents, progressing through various roles until his final one of Regulatory Operations, Reporting and Corporate Risk Manager.

Outside work, his was passionate about outdoor activities, skiing, hill walking, and driving motorbikes and vintage Land Rovers.

Brian will be sorely missed. His bravery in refusing to allow his illness and deteriorating health to force him to withdraw from an active life was an inspiration to all who knew him. It was indeed a privilege to have done so, and our heartfelt sympathies are extended to his widow Kirsty and family.

  • Bob McLeod is ICE EAB Chair


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