Apr 13 2012 by David Wynn, Kilmarnock Standard
This tribute is written by her son, William
Catherine Brown MBE, who passed away on April 3, aged 92
BORN on March 7, 1920, in Newmilns, Cathy was a true daughter of the town where she lived all her life, becoming a well-kent community figure.
Her feisty character, hard work and determination to get things done equipped her well for her achievements in many areas of community service. She was inspired by the example of her father, William Love, who had been a well-respected local councillor.
Cathy’s work included being a member at the start of the Newmilns Community Council; founder member and chairman of the Kilmarnock P.H.A.B Club (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied); honorary life member of the Princess Royal Trust Committee (Kilmarnock); member of the Newmilns Initiative, which involved town regeneration schemes; and she was an enthusiastic committee member and supporter of the Newmilns and Galston Silver Band.
Cathy was a strong character and as such was drawn to champion services which helped people to maintain their rights. Examples include serving on the Elderly Forum (Cumnock) and helping to start up the East Ayrshire Advocacy Service.
Cathy received many awards as recognition for her community work, which she continued into her eighties. Examples include a 30-year long service certificate from Oxfam for volunteer shop work, a Rotary Club award for community service and she was also presented with a long service award by the Labour Party.
A real highlight for Cathy was in 1993 when she was awarded an MBE for services to the community and she was thrilled to be presented with this prestigious award by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
This summary conceals the many people who met Cathy in the course of her work, who became her friends, and who would have many a “Cathy Brown” anecdote to tell in her memory.
Cathy is survived by son William Brown, daughter-in-law Christine Brown and granddaughter Lesley Brown.