Sad Death of Roy McGregor
It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death of Roy McGregor, on Sunday the 16th January 2011 in Cairo, Egypt, where he had just taken up the post of Technical Director of Greater Cairo Foundries.
Roy was born in Zambia, on the 4th of January 1948. In his early teens, his parents decided to return to Scotland, settling in Newmilns, in Ayrshire, where he completed his schooling.
He began his working life, in the Porterfield Foundries in Renfrew as a metallurgical apprentice, gaining his HNC, at Paisley College of Technology. In the mid 70’s Roy went off to work in South Africa, and during one of his trips home, he met Carol. After a long range courtship, they married, and set up home in South Africa, where they raised their family. In 1986, it was decided that the family should return to Scotland, and Roy joined the Taylor Group, working at the Cumbernauld foundry, initially as Quality Manager, before promotion to General Manager. He moved to the Larbert Foundry in 1992, where he worked until its closure in 2004.
With the closure of the Larbert foundry, in 2004, Roy again found employment on the African continent, as the Production Manager, at Alexandria Automotive Castings in Alexandria, Egypt. In 2008 he relocated to Coimbatore in India, joining Seforge, one of the countries largest foundry groups, as their General Manager. In December of last year, he returned to Egypt, joining Greater Cairo Foundries.
On his return to Scotland in 1986 Roy became more actively involved in the activities of the Scottish Branch of the Institute, which he had joined in 1974, being appointed Branch President for year 1999/2000. Despite working abroad Roy kept an interest in the Branch, apologies for his absence often being given at meetings.
A generous, hospitable, and gregarious man, he was committed to the foundry industry, forever encouraging younger colleagues, and sharing his knowledge, in his own, quiet, confident manner.
Roy had many interests out with the foundry industry, the restoration of classic cars, being but one. A committed family man; he was a devoted husband, father, and proud grandfather. We extend our sympathy to Carol, son Andrew, and daughters Lisa, and Iona, at this very sad time.