Gordon Kenneth Chegwyn
The lawyer and the man at the very heart of the community in which he worked and lived for more than thirty years.
Gordon arrived in Peterhead in 1975, and became a partner in the firm of Masson & Glennie in 1978. Throughout his working life, Gordon was, in essence, an old fashioned, in the most complimentary of senses, vocational lawyer. Of Gordon’s many strengths as a lawyer, his major strength was his legal knowledge and the breadth of that legal knowledge. He was always willing to apply his mind to a problem and research the law.
Gordon was highly regarded and much respected by those with whom he worked. A respect, and regard, which he undoubtedly merited. He was a role model for young lawyers at Masson & Glennie with his professionalism, his caring approach with clients, always ensuring that work was carried out efficiently and timeously, recognising the importance of detail and adhering at all times to the ethics and principals of the legal profession. With his engaging personality, Gordon generated a touching affection from his colleagues who will miss his presence, in particular, at 83 Broad Street enormously.
Gordon was not only much respected and highly regarded by his partners and his colleagues at Masson & Glennie, he was also much respected and highly regarded by his legal peers due to his professionalism and his gentlemanly approach.
He also had a much deserved enviable reputation with his clients, many of whom, very perceptively, felt there was no one quite like him. This reflected not only Gordon’s legal ability and his ability to forge long lasting loyal relationships borne out of consultations which were never hurried, time never being of the essence with his clients but also his dedication and the care and attention he gave to every job.
Gordon’s innate sense of duty and social commitment, coupled with a willingness to volunteer and, in particular, to help others less fortunate than himself, manifested itself in his work in the community. He was a founder member and past president of Junior Chamber, Peterhead, Junior Chamber North Regional Director, Chairman of Whitehill House, Peterhead, a member of Fraserburgh Round Table, a Director of Crossroads, East Buchan and Banff Care Attendant Scheme, Director of Fraserburgh All Weather Sports Facility, Director of Abbeyfield Society (Fraserburgh) Limited, past President of Fraserburgh Rotary Club and Organiser for at least eighteen years of the Annual Fund Raising Quiz for Charities, Secretary of Cairnbulg Boathaven, Secretary/Treasurer of Rathen and Memsie Community Council, Board Member of Rathen and Mintlaw School Boards and last, but certainly not least, managing Director of Fraserburgh Football Club Limited. Gordon’s participation in these community organisations was always wholehearted, and consequently if not one at the outset, his role inevitably became one with responsibility, hence the number of past President Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer and Director roles, he held during the last thirty years. The Buchan community was fortunate that Gordon was so selfless and gave so much of himself to them.
Gordon’s clients will miss him tremendously, he leaves a huge void in the community. There is an overwhelming loss at Masson & Glennie. His partners to whom he was very close akin to a brother will miss him enormously. He was a larger than life character who enjoyed life to the full. A life that was tragically cut short. Gordon, it is not the same without you.