MORE THOUGHTS ON RABBIE D. - Eric Penman
Rabbie had four great loves in his life: family, gardening, football
and reading. He was a good family man with four of a family. Ann.
Joan. Janet and Robert. Rabbie was a Hearts supporter through
and through. He became attached to Prestonpans YMCA in the 70s
and one of his prodigies was Jim Jefferies. later Manager of Hearts
of Midlothian who led out the Hearts Cup Final side at Hampden
on May 18th 1996.
Later Rabbie moved on to be leader of Rosemount Boys Club (in
which a Cup is played annually in his memory). Also he was greatly
admired by the Juvenile fraternity where he became Chairman of
the Under 14/15 section.
He also became involved with Prestonpans Labour Club and Prestonpans
Legion football sides. While with Rosemount. he became Chairman
of the youth Amateur League. He was also an avid reader of books
on history being a regular visitor to Prestonpans Library and
was very helpful with correspondence problems.
Rabbie, or "Rab" to his friends, was green-fingered,
always pottering away in the greenhouse. Once he got a bit of
turf from Wembley and put it to good use. He grew seedlings from
the grass and began to build up a good source of seeds to sow.
Finally he sowed two gardens from this bit of turf. A man with
many talents. Rab enjoyed an occasional sweet stout or a nip of
rum and peppermint.