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stevie g
1 of 12  Wed 30th Apr 2014 8:56am  
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It was with great sadness hearing yesterday the passing of John McLanaghan (Mac) GSL 49th scout group My memories of a great man, he was stalwart of the 49th for so many years, my thoughts are with his wife Jan and all the family, god bless you mate
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stevie g
2 of 12  Wed 30th Apr 2014 10:30am  
Joined Feb 2012  Total posts:6

Rob, do you remember him????? From stories I've heard 'Mac' was the guy who used to go around I think Stoke Aldermoor etc selling his fruit and veg' out the back of a cart or maybe van (that bit I don't know). Many 'holidays' to Wales were took in his transit van packed to the roof camping at side of the river in Dollgelleu (oohhh spellings terrible!!!), went back there couple years back, things really haven't changed where we camped although farmer doesn't allow campers there anymore, great times with a great man
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Rob Orland
3 of 12  Wed 30th Apr 2014 9:35pm  
Joined Feb 2013  Total posts:4

'Mac' was a great man indeed, and played a massive and influential part in my formative years. It was extremely sad hearing yesterday that he has passed away. To many people he was effectively "Mr. Scouting", and even earned the affectionate nickname "Baden" because of his dedication. Scouting, of course, is far more than teaching people to tie knots and put on a bandage - it teaches young people how to get on together regardless of differences or abilities, and to grow into responsible adults, who care for other people and their surroundings. For many years, Mac was a father figure to so many young lads, teaching them the skills of being decent people with dedication, hard work, encouragement and always plenty of good humour. To say he gave of his time generously would be a huge understatement. I have wonderful memories of many National Scoutcar races, in which Mac played a very important part, preparing the cars and training all the Cub & Scouts tirelessly for months each year. With those, and the endless series of camps, football matches, sporting events and countless other group activities he must've done a million miles in his old Transit van with a rabble of lads singing, shouting and bouncing around in the back! I have nothing but fantastic memories of a man who inspired so many youngsters enjoy their growing up, and then in turn, give some of us what we needed to teach others, too. There's so much more that could be said about John McLanaghan, and I hope I've done him justice. He will be fondly remembered by many, many people.
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herberts lad
4 of 12  Thu 1st May 2014 7:50pm  
Joined Feb 2012  Total posts:1

Is this the John Mac of formerly 12th Coventry Scout Group, if it is I can share many happy memories. He started with the group shortly after being demobbed. He took up green grocery with a horse and cart stabled in the stables behind the Quadrant handy for the then Barracks Market. He emptied his cart on a Friday less for a few spuds and veg together with supplies of fruit. He would pick us Scouts up at St Margaret's on Ball Hill and set off for weekend camps at Fillongley. The horse set to field for the weekend and the cart acting as a stage for gathering around the campfire. We also had long camps at Riches Farm Burnham on Sea and Wooten Creek on the Isle of Wight. Such happy days with Mac a giant in our eyes leading the way.
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Rob Orland
5 of 12  Thu 1st May 2014 9:11pm  
Joined Feb 2013  Total posts:4

On 1st May 2014 7:50pm, herberts lad said: Is this the John Mac of formerly 12th Coventry Scout Group....
Yes, you have the right chap. My dad, Bill (and his dad, same name, was a Cub leader, I think), was also in the 12th Scout Group based at St. Margaret's, and when it disbanded it was Mac who founded the 49th. I'm not certain of the year - possibly late 1950s or early 60s? A few years before I became a twinkle in the eye anyway! I had no idea about John Mac's horse & cart! By the time I joined the 49th Cubs in 1974 he had his own grocer's and general store in Walsgrave, close to where he lived. When I used to work at the Helen Street GEC in the 90s I sometimes used to pass him as he went to or from the Barras wholesale market.... but in a Transit van - no horses in sight! I'm still trying to get used to the idea that Mac is no longer around - he used to seem invincible, a tower of strength.
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moemac
6 of 12  Fri 9th May 2014 3:14pm  
Joined May 2014  Total posts:1

Hi, a big thank you to everyone that has posted memories of my Dad, it means a lot to us as a Family to have validated by others the love that we feel towards him, I am rejoicing in hearing other people's memories, his funeral is on Monday 12th at cannon hill chapel all will be welcome, bless you all for remembering him, Moe
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stevie g
7 of 12  Sat 10th May 2014 10:45am  
Joined Feb 2012  Total posts:6

Moemac, I'll see you Monday, put his thread on hoping people would respond in the way they have, great memories of a great guy, thoughts with you and all the family at this sad time.
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Rob Orland
8 of 12  Tue 13th May 2014 7:33am  
Joined Feb 2013  Total posts:4

How amazing it was meeting everyone again yesterday evening, thank you all for such a warm welcome. Not only was Mac a father and husband to a wonderful family, but he was the father of a huge extended family spanning several generations. I'm extremely proud to have been a part of that, and enjoyed my growing up years (I use "growing up" cautiously in my case!) under the guidance of the best Group Scout Leader ever!
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stevie g
9 of 12  Tue 13th May 2014 9:00am  
Joined Feb 2012  Total posts:6

Rob, Can't say anymore to what you've said, brought back so many great and lasting memories, what a great send off for a great guy, fitting tribute
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Garymac
10 of 12  Tue 13th May 2014 11:10am  
Joined May 2014  Total posts:1

Just want to say thanks to everyone.
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stevie g
11 of 12  Thu 29th May 2014 9:07am  
Joined Feb 2012  Total posts:6

Ok, The great walk up 'Cader' is on!!! 21st June is the date so get them boots on and come and join in. All info for the event you can get from moemac or garymac should be a great event to remember 'Mac' Now I've said all that I can't go!!! But I'll be there in spirit and Rob if you know of anyone else that would like to do this please let them know. I'm trying to spread the word, should be quite a sight us old buggers trekking up a mountain!!!! Cheers Cheers Cheers Thumbs_up
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jan mac
12 of 12  Sat 9th Aug 2014 9:00pm  
Joined Aug 2014  Total posts:1

Rob, on behalf of my family and myself, I want to thank you so much for putting on this tribute to the great 49th. and Mac. It is now 3months since we lost him, and he would be so proud of this achievment. Looking forward to reading old revived memories from Scouts, cubs, leaders, and not forgetting the parents. Thumbs_up
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