Friday, May 8, 2015

John McClatchey

It is with great sadness that we inform you that John McClatchey died suddenly last Thursday.

John was a most energetic researcher and educator and had a long career in UK universities, joining the Environmental Research Institute of UHI at North Highland College in 2006. 

John, a long-serving committee member of Inverness Swimming Club, was passionate about water sports and water polo. He broke the British junior 400m record at only 15, went on to represent Scotland in the pool at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and later played water polo for Great Britain. 

His passion, enthusiasm and knowledge will be greatly missed by everyone at the club and in the wider swimming and water polo communities across Scotland.

Water Polo Development Officer, Neal Rayner, said, "I will miss John enormously. He was such a good spirit and his enthusiasm for his sport was great to see. I was working with him on the re-launch of the water polo club and academy in Inverness so his passing has come as a great shock and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts go to his family at this sad time.”

One of his proudest moments was back in 2006 when he watched his daughter Caitlin win two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

John’s funeral will be in held today (8th May) at Inverness Crematorium, Kilvean Road, Inverness IV3 8JN at 2.30pm with a gathering following the service at the Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP.

Scottish Swimming sends their deepest condolences to his family including wife Louise, daughters Caitlin and Kirstie, and brother Alan.