Alan Cruickshanks Obituary, Death – Alan’s journey with Paisley RFC began at the age of 11, where he started as a tight-head prop. Over the years, his dedication to the sport and his remarkable contributions have left an indelible mark. He spent two seasons leading the combined Paisley/Bishopton U14 team, showcasing his leadership qualities early on. Later, he joined Garnock RFC’s U16 side, further developing his skills and passion for rugby.
In 2019, a shift in Alan’s health prompted a change in his rugby involvement. He transitioned from playing to coaching and refereeing, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the sport. During the pandemic-induced hiatus, Alan wasted no time and completed his Level 1 coaching and match officiating qualifications. He swiftly began covering various youth tournaments for Paisley and generously volunteered his time to support coaching efforts.
In 2022, Alan’s exceptional dedication led him to be chosen as one of the 16 aspiring leaders in Scottish Rugby’s Youth Panel. His passion for rugby and his desire to shape the sport’s future for young people distinguished him in the eyes of the selection committee. Alan worked closely with key figures in the Rugby Development Department, including Youth Panel Consultant Fraser Govan. Fraser praised Alan’s enthusiasm for rugby and his invaluable contributions to the panel, particularly in promoting youth participation in refereeing and aiding U18 players’ transition to senior rugby.
The news of Alan’s passing is deeply saddening. Scottish Rugby extends its heartfelt condolences to Alan’s family, friends, Paisley and Bishopton RFC members, and the Youth Panel. His legacy of dedication and passion for rugby will forever be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Paisley RFC President Ronald McNeil also paid tribute to Alan, describing him as a beloved figure within the club who was admired for his enthusiasm and generosity. Alan’s presence will be sorely missed within the Paisley Rugby family.