It is with great sadness that Heriot’s Rugby Club must announce the passing of one of our great club stalwarts, Douglas Hill ( James Douglas Moffat Hill) who passed away on Thursday 9th March. Douglas was a real family man who is survived by his wife, Lillian, daughter Alison, grandson Rhuairi and brother Blair, with whom he attended George Heriot’s School.
Douglas’ dedication to Heriot’s was outstanding and he was, amongst many things, treasurer of Heriot’s Rugby Club for 25 years. Douglas also served as a governor of George Heriot’s School for 20 years.
Douglas was for many years the Chief Accountant and Company Secretary of the Scotsman newspaper.
Douglas was respected by so many for his tireless work for, and the knowledge and experience he gave to, Heriot’s Rugby Club where he was a familiar face on “gate duty” on Saturdays.
He enjoyed every minute of what he did for Heriot’s, especially the Saturdays where he enjoyed watching so many great players while at the same time, doing so much behind the scenes. He became the club’s renowned statistician and would often confirm milestones in a player’s career such as numbers of tries scored or 100th / 200th appearances for the 1st XV. Douglas continued to serve the club, even well into his eighties, latterly as a club steward.
Douglas was a true unsung hero.
Our thoughts are with Lillian and the rest of the family.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 23rd March at 11am at Warriston Crematorium. Friends and family are invited afterwards to Goldenacre for a ‘chat’ and if desired club ties should be worn.