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Paul MacDonald - David Deary - 15-07-2020

Dear All,

I got some tragic news tonight from one of Paul's friends, Paul passed away earlier tonight at 7:30pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 
I will update on funeral arrangements as I get them. As I understand it is likely to be a cremation with his ashes going down to Liverpool where his family are.

I would appreciate it if you could share the news amongst fellow chess players as he was a popular guy within chess in Scotland.

I'm still a bit emotional so will post my memories of him here at a later date.

Best wishes,


RE: Paul MacDonald - Andy Howie - 15-07-2020

I really don't know what to say. I am a bit lost for words at the moment.

I knew Paul both as an Arbiter and a player and I loved working with him. He had a wicked sense of humour and I kind of felt sorry for the third arbiter when we were working together as they tended to be the butt of our jokes.

I remember when he had his stroke, but I remember more when he turned up at the Scottish a couple of months later. The look on his face when players were coming up to him to shake his hand and see how he was will live with me. I even wrote about it in my blog for the Scottish

Paul has been seen less and less of late and that has been a real shame. He was a real character and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Condolences to Bernie and the rest of his family.

RIP Paul, you will be missed

RE: Paul MacDonald - Ianbrownlee - 16-07-2020

This is terrible news though l know Paul had been unwell for a while. we were friends and we always had a good laugh ( usually at my chess playing ). My overriding memories of Paul  are two fold, one at the Lanark open we were both determined to beat each other , only to fall about laughing when it ended in a draw , and the other at the SNCL when he was genuinely moved by how much everyone made a point to talk to him after his stroke. A genuinely strong player and true gentleman of the game and a great sport (and laugh) He will be sorely missed and a true example of how the game should be played, and not just over the board

RE: Paul MacDonald - Alex Gillies - 17-07-2020

Sad to hear that. Liked big Paul.

RE: Paul MacDonald - StevieHilton - 19-07-2020

Rest in peace my friend we'll all miss you

RE: Paul MacDonald - Arthur Mulholland - 22-07-2020

I'm very sorry to hear about Paul. He was an absolutely lovely big guy.

RE: Paul MacDonald - David Deary - 23-07-2020

Paul's funeral will be at the Maryhill Crematorium at 1:30pm on Monday 27th July. It is limited to 20 people with 15 already going.

RE: Paul MacDonald - Ianbrownlee - 23-07-2020

Hi David
do you know who's going from the chess world? or is it family only?