My parents page1
Da .....James Irvine McArthur (
Born 15th March 1931, 7 Ingram Street, Townhead, Glasgow
02:30am 30th Jan 2009, at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Ward 6
My Ma ...Agnes Evans (
3:30pm, 28th April 1931, at 89 Walkinshaw St., Bridgeton, Glasgow
11:30am 14th June 1995, at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
great granddaughter Lucy
(June 2011 aged 5¾)
31 Aug 2005
Evans) brought up in a single-end at 89 Walkinshaw St, Bridgeton attending Dalmarnock Primary School
then Bernard Street Secondary School. Eldest sister to brother William
(Sonny) and step-brother Hugh Lavery. She was a tailors machinist and worked as a machinist for all of her
working life, latterly in Gelfers factory, Bridgeton.
She married James McArthur in 1952 living at 80 Reid St., 202 Baltic Street then 74 Fairbairn St. Bridgeton. When Bridgeton
tenements were being demolished in the early 1970's the family finally
moved house to Auchenshuggle. Sadly died aged 64 in 1995.
My mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 1995 and endured a
weeks intensive chemotherapy at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She was allowed
home on the Friday, I left her house late Friday evening then was called
to be told she had been rushed back to the Royal having taken a massive
stroke. She never managed to speak again and was in the hospital for a
month before passing away on 14th June, My Da, Janice and myself were
with her in her last hours.
A wonderful person and mother, dearly missed.
Jimmy born in 7 Ingram Street, Glasgow.
Attended Dovehill & Rumford
primary schools then Bernard Street secondary school
He was a cabinetmaker's helper when he got married, then he worked on the
railways at Polmadie Yard in Glasgow, before finally moving to the
building trade as a Cement Finisher with McDougalls & sons. He served with
the Royal Artillery 1949-50, Malaya being one of the postings.
Photo taken in Keystane Bar, Bridgeton in 2003.
Salvation Army man Eric with
Jimmy McArthur (nicknamed the General) and his pal Bobby Boyle
My Da was rushed to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Saturday 3rd Jan.09
His kidneys had failed and he had a chest infection. The doctors managed
to get the kidneys working again but sadly his lungs and heart never
recovered. His final few weeks were in ward 6 and I can't praise the
nursing staff enough. The family had been informed that his illness was
terminal and the ward was open to us 24/7 during which my Da was given
tender care, comfort and kept spotlessly clean in very difficult
circumstances until he died on Friday 30th January 2009.
Auld Jimmy will be missed.
My Da's cortege passed 'the toll' for the last time on Wed.4th
Feb as we headed eastwards
from Taylor Bros. funeral parlour to Daldowie
played as we carried in the coffin : 'The
Lovely service conducted by Rev.Peter Davidge from
hymn chosen was my Ma's favourite Abide with Me :
James Irvine McArthur ( Jimmy ) Born 15 March
1931 The youngest of five children.
He attended Dovehill & Rumford primary
schools then Bernard Street secondary school
He was a cabinetmaker's helper when he got married, then he worked on
the railways at Polmadie Yard in Glasgow, before finally moving to the
building trade as a Cement Finisher with McDougalls & sons.
He served with the Royal Artillery 1949-50, Malaya being one of the
Married Nessie Evans, 23 May 1952
4 children : Jim (dead), William, Linda & Janice
6 grandchildren : Alan, Iain,
John, Tracy, Lindsey & Stephen
3 great-grandchildren : Kiara,
Lucy & Lewis.
Lived in Bridgeton most of his life before the family flitted to
Auchenshuggle when the tenements were being demolished.
(Sadly Nessie died on 14 Jun 1995 and he never ever got
over her death, she was constantly in his thoughts)
Weekends for Jimmy (knicknamed ‘The General’ ) were spent
socialising with his cronies in Walkers Bar and then latterly The
Keystane until 5 years ago, when due to illness he became housebound.
Special mention must go to his old pal Bobby Boyle who visited him every
week, a visit Jimmy looked forward to. If Bobby couldn’t visit he always
phoned… a good pal.
Jimmy’s house was adorned with photos of all his family –
a family he treasured – though typical Glasgow man, he didn’t like to
show emotion, but we all saw and knew how proud he was of his family.
However you daren’t telephone or visit him during ‘Deal or No Deal’ or
he would chase you! He was an ardent fan of this programme and even
copied down all the numbers looking for the magic sequence!
At family Ne’erday parties in the old tenements Jimmy was the life and
soul and had everyone up singing and dancing, he liked to enjoy himself.
Sadly he took ill on 3rd Jan – problem with
his lungs and heart. Died 30 Jan 2009 ( Glasgow Royal Infirmary
ward 6 )
The family would like to thank the staff at Ward 6,
Glasgow Royal Infirmary for the tender care they gave him during his
illness. Thank all friends and family for their messages of support and
for coming along this morning.
A buffet has been arranged at Bridgeton Cross and all are welcome.
Music played as we left the crematorium : from
PiggeryBrae 'The Glesca
Then as he requested back tae Brigton for his farewell
drink and buffet. .......RIP Faither
married (Agnes) Nessie
1952 in Bridgeton, Glasgow
Child James Irvine McArthur
# On my mother's death we were hit by a 'bombshell' when Dad called us
all together to tell us about our "family skeleton." Our
cousin Jim Lewis was in fact our brother, born 4th Aug.1952 and brought up by
my granny's sister Robina Lewis. Apparently all the family
except my two sisters and I knew of this, to find out on your
mother's death and at 41 yrs old that you have a brother was devastating.
I contacted Jim and asked him to meet me but
he had known since he was 16yrs old and would rather that things remained
as they were, that is be my cousin.
No further contact was made.......unfortunately.
Sadly on 29 Nov.2007 my brother Jim died aged 55yrs of
hypertension and heart disease at his home no.5 Dunkeld Street, Glasgow
G31. He never married.
I never did get to know him...... R.I.P. big brother.
baby Jim, taken
Glasgow Green, Aug.1952
how happy and proud she looks, aged 21yrs
and there I spent my formative years
was born in 80
Reid Street, we then moved to a single-end in 202
Baltic Street, where Linda was born.
was a tenement one apartment house in the close with an outside toilet.
The apartment had a bed recess, which housed a double bed where the four
of us slept, a walk-in cupboard called a scullery, where the cooker was
and a sink at the window. Being young children we thought nothing of
it and my memories are fond ones.
then moved round the corner to No.74 Fairbairn Street two storeys
up, a two bedroom house with an inside toilet. Janice was born in
in those days were in a tub or the sink then later on we went to the
steamy in Ruby Street which had rows and rows of public baths, big brushes
and green/pink carbolic soap
No.74 I had my own bedroom, Linda and Janice shared the other bedroom.
& Da slept in the bed recess in the living room, the living room also
had a sink and a scullery which housed the cooker.
Dalmarnock Rd looking north towards Bridgeton Cross.
The street opposite, on the right is Fairbairn St.
In the late sixties early seventies all
the tenements around us were being demolished, a sad time as all our
friendships were destroyed as pals and neighbours were rehoused and
moved to new housing in outlying places like Castlemilk, Sandyhills,
Govan, we moved to Auchenshuggle.