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Joe McAdam Announcement

Posted: Monday 19 January 2015

It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of our past Chairman Joe McAdam, peacefully in his sleep, on Monday 12th January. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Flowers have been sent to the family expressing our condolences.

Joe a very “likeable” man. A sentiment that many, many people would use to describe Joe, a man who believed in serving his community and who always wanted to give something back.

Joe was very well respected in the voluntary sports community he was a member of Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Area Sports Council for over 10 years where he held the position of Chairman during this time Joe was very pro-active and took a hands on role attending many local festivals such as the sportshall athletics festivals which gave local primary school children the opportunity have their first experience of the sport of athletics.

Following the amalgamation of the three local sports councils in 2014 Joe was elected as the new chairman of clubsportnl (a popular decision) a position which he held for the maximum term of 4 years. As chairman of clubsportnl Joe was introduced to a brand new audience from across North Lanarkshire who immediately took to him again, this was due to his “likeability” factor and a mutual respect for each other.

As chairman of clubsportnl Joe took his office very seriously and never missed a meeting he took great pride in representing clubsportnl at various regional and local events including the Cumbernauld 10K, Monkland’s Half Marathon and perhaps the one event the he got most joy and satisfaction from was the annual Wishaw Games that brought athletes with a range of physical and mental disabilities together to compete in a variety of sports. Equally, Joe loved attending member clubs galas, presentations and events he was a firm believer that sport at whatever level had the power to change people’s lives.

Joe’s involvement in voluntary sport extended beyond clubsportnl as he was a very active member of North Lanarkshire Golf Development Group (NLGDG). Although I don’t think he ever actually played a round of golf!, he was still very enthusiast about giving young people the opportunity to experience the sport of golf. Joe contributed to the success of NLGDG which helped make North Lanarkshire the first local authority to reach the Scottish Governments targets in ensuring that all 9 year olds had the opportunity to experience the sport of golf.

Joe ‘s dedication and commitment to supporting local sport went beyond the boundaries of North Lanarkshire and extended to Denmark when he accompanied a Badminton group to Denmark 2012 which saw the start of a continuing partnership with the Danish Gymnastic Institute (DGI) which continues to the date. Joe continued to build this partnership when with the support of his bowling club, Greenfaulds, when they played host to a group of senior bowlers in April 2014.

The loss of Joe is hard to take in but he shall be always remembered him fondly.

Joe's funeral will be held on Friday 23rd January at St. Mungo’s Parish Church, Cumbernauld at 9.45am followed by internment at Daldowie crematorium at 10.45.

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