Kirkcaldy community loses a genuine stalwart

Mary Hall
Mary Hall

Kirkcaldy will be a poorer place following the death of dedicated community champion Mary Hall at the weekend.

Mary was chairman of Kirkcaldy Civic Society, which said its members were very saddened at the news. She took over the reins of the organisation following the death of stalwart Ann Watters, and worked tirelessly behing the scenes.

Mary passed away on Sunday, Doors Open Day, an event she had done a lot of work to bring to fruition in the past few years.

She was heavily involved in Fife Festival of Music, Fife Credit Union, and the Beveridge Park Festival, where she was a member of the committee for its ten year lifespan.

She began her working life in the office of Caithness Brothers and in 1971, before taking post in the office at Balwearie High School, where after promotion, she remained in charge until her retirement in 2004.

Mary was married to Sandy, but had been a widow for 30 years. They had a daughter, Allison who lives in Glenrothes.

Latterly she enjoyed a new relationship when she and Gordon Mathers “became an item,” and he was a great support to her through her last days of illness.

She was a faithful member of the West End Congregational Church, where she served as a Deacon.

Mr. MacNaughton, the former minister, said she was held in much respect and affection in the congregation.

She also served as a leader with the Brownies and was treasurer of Kirkcaldy Workers Educational Association.

Rosemary Potter, chairman of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, said she and its members were delighted when Mary and Gordon became trustees at the last AGM.

She said: “Mary had a good sense of humour but was also not afraid to stand up for what she thought was right.

“We thought she should have had an OBE, but she would never have accepted it as she considered her hard work and commitment to community organisations to be nothing out of the ordinary.”

Liz Easton who worked with Mary on the Beveridge Park Festival committee said: “She was a kind and caring person who was liked by everyone.”