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Monday, 27 March 2017

Logan Strang 1938 - 2017


I am very sorry to report that one of our best-known and longest-standing members has died. George Strang - known to us all as Logan - suffered a heart attack while out cycling with three of our group in East Lothian on Saturday. He was 79.

Logan turned to cycling following the death of a daughter in 2004. Never one to sit at home or feel sorry for himself, he often said that cycling was what kept him sane. He had been a regular member of 20-Milers since 2007, and often led our rides. He also cycled with other local groups, and took part in several big charity rides including Pedal for Scotland and the Lepra St. Andrews run. A few years ago, he undertook a solo coast-to-coast bike ride from North Yorkshire to Iona.

Always keen to encourage new and less experienced cyclists, he was the driving force behind the setting up of EasyCycle in 2011, and ran the group almost single-handed until late 2015.

Logan was born in 1938, and attended Merchiston Castle school. After completing his National Service, part of which was spent in Cyprus, he became a science teacher, and taught for many years at George Watson's College. Always active and physically fit, he often took his pupils on sailing and skiing trips.

A few weeks ago, Logan was admitted to hospital for a minor operation. He was recovering well, and was soon back in the saddle. On Saturday, he joined three other members of our group for a ride to Humbie. Soon after the lunch stop, he collapsed by the side of the road. An ambulance was called and he was taken to the Infirmary, but was pronounced dead soon afterwards.

Despite some setbacks to his health in recent months, Logan repeatedly said that he would never give up cycling – and he never did. As one of our members put it, "If there can be any consolation at such a time, he passed away doing what he loved doing, with good friends, on a beautiful day. In typical fashion, he was cheerful to the end."

Funeral arrangements. A service will be held at St Peters Church, Falcon Avenue, Morningside at 1 pm on Wednesday 5th April. Family flowers only please, and no black. Retiring collection in aid of SCIAF.

6 comments:

Jenny Tizard said...

Logan was a big character. He was kind and encouraging when you were tired or down, but also very funny and sharp. His death is sad loss for those of us who cycled with him, he'll be missed by many people.

Laurence Ying said...

I met Logan on a skiing holiday in Val d'isere. I kept in touch with him because we always have a laugh together. At the end of the week the ski hosts awarded him a certificate, not for his skiing ability but for keeping us all amused.

I last saw Logan last summer when I came up from the south of England to join a CTC Cycling Tour which was starting in Edinburgh.

Anonymous said...

I Last spoke to logan at my work last year i will miss him sadly victoria one of the twenty milers cycle group

Glenn Brearley said...

Dear Logan,
I met you the first time I attended a 20 Milers ride. I was the nervous new boy. You came up, introduced yourself and made me feel welcome - made all the difference. When I realised your sense of humour was on my wavelength, I knew we
were going to get on great. The rest of the group can blame you for the fact I keep on coming back!
Like so many of the group, I so wished I had had a teacher like you. School would have been such fun.
Always a modest man, I suspect you didn't realise how much everyone on the group loved you. You were always putting yourself down and apologising for holding us back. You didn't. On the weekend away ride to Peebles you just kept on going as others fell by the wayside on a ride best described as "brutal".
When we are out on a cold, wet miserable winter's day with the rain running down the back of our necks, we will only need to think of you to give us a warm glow and make us smile.
Wherever you are now, I hope you're still cycling. Bet you're helping to bring on newcomers. May all the hills be down and the wind be at your back.
Thankyou for being my friend - was a privilege.

Sarah Davidson said...

If only Logan were here still to be able to tell him how fond I and so many people were of him.
Glenn has pretty well encapsulated my experience, being the first to welcome me on my first ride, and so many after, always genuinely friendly and caring, funny and modest.
I will miss him so much.
Sarah (2!)

Norman Giffrod said...

R.I.P Logan It was privilege to know yow. My first meeting was, like Glenn's. My first time at a 20 milers ride, it was such fun. He welcomed so meney and gave so much.

Norman