The Band Has Lost A True Stalwart
Monday 30th April, 2018, was a dark, dark day for Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band (GPSPB). During the early hours of that morning, Magnus Mowat, a highly valued member of the Band’s Management Team, passed away at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Magnus had been unwell for just over one week and was admitted to hospital the previous Tuesday. His extremely sudden and untimely passing has been a massive shock to his family and friends.
Magnus, who was so very proud of his Highland heritage, loved pipe music throughout his life and decided to learn to play the pipes at the age of 50. The late John Stewart, former Grampian Police Sergeant and Pipe Major of the Band, successfully tutored Magnus and he became a more than competent player. Magnus never played for a Pipe Band but frequently gave his pipes an airing at Burns’ Suppers, work events and family gatherings.
A few years ago Magnus (who had retired from Grampian Police as a Chief inspector in 2001) joined the small GPSPB Management Team He absolutely loved being involved with the Band and assisted with drone tuning, fund raising and maintaining the general wellbeing of the Band. He took huge pleasure in being part of the Band’s development and listening to their performances.
Over the past couple of years, throughout the illness and passing of his beloved wife Joan just over 12 months ago, Magnus’s time with the Band provide him with some much needed solace. Every Pipe Band Management Team requires the qualities that Magnus Mowat possessed in abundance and shared so willingly; honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and compassion.
The Band was highly honoured to pay tribute to Magnus during his Memorial Service at St. Mark’s Church, Aberdeen on Saturday 12th May, 2018. The Band performed at the beginning of the Service, Constable Scott Brown played for attendees on their arrival while Pipe Major Pamela Whyte played a lament at the conclusion of the occasion.
Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band will forever be indebted to Magnus Mowat, his genuine support and effort will not be forgotten.
The Band’s thoughts are with Joan and Magnus’s family at this extremely sad time, they will both be greatly missed.
- Magnus, in very good form during a recent Band Practice.
- The sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church during Magnus’s Memorial Service.