Remembering Past President: Chuck Hay (1930 – 2017)

Chuck Hay MBE (23rd April 1930 – 4th August 2017)

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) is saddened to announce the death of Past RCCC President Chuck Hay MBE 1977-78 (Kilgraston and Moncrieffe Club) who died on 4th August 2017.

Chuck was a legend of Scottish and World Curling fame, having been the first Scottish skip to win the World Championship in Perth in 1967, the last year of the Scotch Whisky Cup. He was also Chairman of Perth Ice Rink.

Chuck started curling in 1954 and won his first trophy playing third to John Bryden in the Perth Farmers’ Competition in 1956. It was the start of a meteoric career. He won the “Perth Open” (the former Scottish Championship) five times and a series of other Perth events.  His record of successes at international level is unrivalled in Scotland. He represented Scotland five times as skip in the World Championship, winning once and coming second three times. In Geneva, he won the Dolly Cup three times to win the cup outright and gained many friends when he handed the trophy back for continuous competition.  In the early 1960s, when the Ernie Richardson rink carried all before them in Scotch Cup play, it became apparent that the only answer to their wide open attacking game was to adopt it. This Chuck and his rink did with such telling effect that they surged to success, culminating in the great World Championship win of the rink — John Bryden, Alan Glen and David Howie in 1967.

Chuck was Chief Umpire at World Championships on many occasions and also at Junior World Championships. He was the National Coach since the RCCC initiated a coaching scheme in 1974 and was an RCCC representative on the World Curling Federation.

An all-round sportsman, he played rugby for Perthshire from 1948 to 1962. An uncompromising forward, he played in every position in the pack, gaining district honours in the Midlands team and playing for and captaining the Co-optimists. He refereed for five years, served as a North and Midlands selector for three years and is Honorary President of the Perthshire Club.  An accomplished golfer, he once played off a handicap of 6, he also played squash and was a keen shot.

As a farmer, he represented the third generation at Easter Rhynd, Bridge of Earn. As a speaker, he talked fast and to the point. As a traveller, he visited many countries as player, administrator and captain of a touring Scottish Rotary team. His wife, Norah, has also been a keen curler and their four sons who carried on the sporting family tradition.

Our thoughts are with Norah and his sons David, Mike, Sandy and Graeme

A private family cremation, followed by a celebration of his life will be held at Dewar’s Rinks, Perth on Saturday 26th August at 11.30am, to which all friends are respectfully invited.  No flowers please.

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