George Lawson passed away yesterday morning. He went into hospital on Wednesday for a routine operation (similar to ones that he had undergone before to ease his mobility problems) but serious and multiple complications arose and he did not wake up.
Although not connected directly to LSSA’s affairs, many local shooters will have known George as the Chief Range Officer at the NSRA’s Scottish and Bisley meetings for many years. Some said he didn’t need the PA system as his ex-policeman’s voice could carry to the far ends of the firing point on its own. Prior to taking on those RCO duties he had been a scorer at national meetings for many years and in fact helped present a scorers’ course in Carlisle only last weekend.
He also had a distinguished shooting and administrative career. He was the Chairman of the Cumbria & Northumbria Target Shooting Association and he was also that County’s NSRA representative. He was Chairman of the NSRA’s Distinguished Service Committee.
He won one cap for Scotland, at Bisley in 1970 and was the team captain there in 2010. Although a proud Scotsman (his kilt was always on display when officiating at the Final of the Earl Haig) he shot most of his career with the Berwick club and was latterly a member at Hawick after Berwick folded. He was also a stalwart of Police shooting for most of his career.
He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed. His legs might have been failing him but his mind was still as sharp as a tack. We offer our condolences to Jeannie and all their family.