|Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House|
|Full Name||Thomas Blue|
|Maiden name / other names|
|Birth date||1889||Birth place: Campbeltown|
|Death date||3rd November 1937||Death place: Machrihanish|
Buried in Kilkerran Cemetery
|Father’s full name||Alexander Blue (Master Baker)|
|Mother’s full name|
(maiden name in brackets)
|Catherine Blue (MS unknown)|
|Places of residence|
|Occupation history||Baker and Confectioner|
|Relationship with Picture House / Rex Cinema||Early Shareholder|
|Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)|
|Campbeltown Courier 6th November 1937|
The Late Mr Thos. Blue.
Death Under Tragic Circumstances
We deeply regret to announce the death, which occurred in tragic circumstances yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, of Mr Thomas Blue. Glenlea.
Mr Blue was playing in the Monthly Medal Competition at the Machrihanish Golf Course. He had completed the fourth hole with his partner, Mr Angus White, and was walking away from the green, when he was seen to stumble and fall. Other golfers hurried to Mr Blue’s assistance and it was found that he was unconscious. Artificial respiration was applied by Mr W. A. Macmillan, L.D.S.
Muffled in coats and other garments provided by the other competitors Mr Blue was conveyed towards the Club House on the trailer of a motor tractor. The mournful procession was met by Dr Thomas Kay, D.S.O., who is himself a member of the golf club. Dr Kay was only able to declare life was extinct. The competition was immediately abandoned and the body was conveyed to Campbeltown by ambulance.
The tragic news created a feeling of deepest mourning throughout Campbeltown and Kintyre, where Mr Blue was very widely known and held in highest respect. Mr Blue was an elder and a devoted member of Castlehill Church and to the Rev. Alexander Moffatt, B.D., fell
The sad task of breaking the news of her bereavement to the widow.
A man of wide interests, the late Mr Blue’s activities brought him into contact with many phases of community life.
Inheriting his father’s bakery business he modernised and developed it. His bakehouse was regarded as one of the most up-to-date in the country and was frequently inspected by visiting bakers. He was an active member of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers and his opinions on trade problems, expressed at gatherings of the Association were always listened to with respectful attention. He was a regular and successful exhibitor at the Bakery and Allied Trades’ Exhibitions, in Glasgow and London, and his displays of shortbread, made under his personal supervision, were notable.
Music was perhaps the principal interest of his leisure hours. He was for many years a member of the choir of Castlehill Church and gave many notable performances in leading roles in the productions of the Campbeltown Operatic Society.
He was also an accomplished actor and his appearance as “Rob Roy” in the drama of that name, staged by the old Campbeltown Amateur Dramatic Society, is still remembered by the elder generation.
A keen sportsman, and a noted footballer in his younger days, he was an enthusiastic bowler and golfer. He was a past president of the Campbeltown Bowling Club and a member of the Committee of the Machrihanish Golf Club.
He was a manager of the Campbeltown and District Savings Bank and gave his services as judge of confectionery classes at local shows.
He is survived by his widow and by a son and two daughters, all of school age, to whom the sympathy of the people of Kintyre is extended in their irreparable loss.
|Contact with family established (details)?||No|
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Headstone in Kilkerran Cemetery:
|Researcher||Norman Mowatt||Creation Date: 30th May 2017|