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Jim Galbraith

Jim Galbraith has been at the heart of Scottish Friendly’s journey for 33 years. His faith in the people he worked with had no limit. He was a truly inspirational leader, greatly admired by his Scottish Friendly family, friends and colleagues in an industry he was passionate about. Jim’s wisdom, presence and dry wit simply stood him apart. He will be sadly missed by all of us.

This book is celebrating and remembering Jim. Messages to one another that will let us unite in our grief, to share with his family and friends, and preserve his memory.

 

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Geoffrey Johnston

I first met Jim on joining Scottish Friendly Board as a Non Exec in around 1994. Jim was not long back from passing his MBA with the encouragement of Scottish Friendly. It certainly proved a good investment for both.  I particularly took to a wonderful dry sense of humour well mixed in with a …

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Carl Hitchman

It was with such great sadness that I heard of Jim’s passing. I lost contact with Jim after leaving university but have such happy memories of our time at Heriot-Watt. Jim’s character shone through then as it does in the many messages that have been left in the rememberance book. Sue and I would …

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Barbara Taylor

We were all very lucky to have Jim at Scottish Friendly. He was a true gentleman, liked and greatly respected by everyone. A lovely man who will be sorely missed. …

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Daniel Healy

It’s difficult to know what to write in response to such a sad thing happening, so I’ll just say that I found Jim to be a likeable, funny, interesting, genuine person, and someone for whom I held a great deal of respect. He made me feel welcome in the business right from the start …

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Kerr Vance

Jim wasn’t your usual boss. Over the 5 years I knew him, he was a mate, too. A mate who, in his usual very dry-witted delivery and subtle look, would happily take the michael out of any lunch I was having, “you sure you should be eating that Kerr” with a sarcastic smirk on …

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Catherine Craik

I will not be the only person who will miss you. We had many good nights out through the years, the Nucleus first birthday party was one of the best. Some of the best memories. You were not only my boss but my friend.  Jim bridged the gap between management and staff, what other …

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Giri Singh

Jim, I’ll always remember you as larger-than-life, with a ready, dry wit and a tremendous knack for making friends. You were a good man and a gentleman – we’ll miss you. …

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Dawn Browning

Working with Jim as a pension trustee was always a pleasure. He was genuinely interested in people and kind and considerate in the way he interacted with everyone around him. He was a fantastic example of how to shine through as a human being in a work environment no matter how senior you become. …

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Steven Cameron

I became close friends with Jim (or Jimmy as he was to us back then) over 40 years ago when we started our actuarial journey together at Heriot Watt University in 1980. It was clear to us all even then that behind a quiet and understated front was someone who combined huge intelligence with …

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Donald Redmond

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Jim Galbraith, also to his colleagues, board members and all staff at Scottish Friendly.  While I did not know him as well as his work colleagues or associates, I had a great appreciation of the person he was and of his ethics. He …

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James Gibb

When I became a Delegate for Scottish Friendly I remember that Jim was one of the first people I met. A very friendly person who quickly introduced me to other delegates and members of the executive. He always made me feel welcome and was a good source of information. He will be sorely missed …

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Morag Couper

I will always remember you coming round to have a chat with someone in the team and looking to see what “goodies” we had available, you particulary liked any home baking.  Sometimes you would have something but lately you were very restrained and didn’t accept the offer to help yourself. You used to joke …

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Scott Lee

Jim was quite simply a genuine and lovely guy. Will truly miss having a coffee and a chat with him and getting his views on anything and everything.  One of the good guys in this world! …

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Natalie Lindsay

Jim, you were a chief executive like no other I have ever known. You always had the time for your staff and took the time to talk to each of us. Eleven years I have worked at SFA now and you made me feel welcome from day one. You will forever be missed. Your chats …

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Lynn McClelland

No words can describe how much of a loss we feel now you have gone.  You were a CEO like no other. You walked the floor from bottom to top, ensuring you spoke to as many people as you couls, and of course on occasion I would remind you to get back to work! …

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Louise Sclater

Jim,  I only knew and worked with you for a short time but in that time I could see you cared deeply about the Company and its People.  You always had time for everyone and would often stop at desks to have a chat and a laugh! Reading all the comments and condolences since …

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Christine Manson

Jim you always had a smile on your face and stopped to speak to us all even if it was just to say good morning. You will be greatly missed by us all xx …

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Philippe Guijarro

I knew Jim from being in Glasgow regularly and walking by the Scottish Friendly offices most days.  We used to meet up occassionally for a morning coffee – I always found him easy to spend time with, interesting and with a great sense of humour – often at my expense as a consultant which …

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Sean Kearney

A great man to know during my time at Scottish Friendly. Always approachable and easy to talk too. He would stop to chat to employees. …

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Elaine Tang

It is so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. I met Jim on my first day at Scottish Friendly and every time we spoke, he was always open, warm and friendly. My strongest memory of Jim is that he always took the time to talk to everyone and to get to know them. Scottish …

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Calum Bennie

Jim and I didn’t have much in common, save for one thing:  we’d both completed an MBA.  Jim used his with distinction, rising through the ranks to become Chief Executive of Scottish Friendly and putting his MBA foundations of strategy, planning, finance, marketing, and more into good practice. When I joined Scottish Friendly six …

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Neil Walker

Jim.   I did not know you for as long as many others. However I feel grateful that I did know you and in that time I came to highly respect your professionalism in many different situations  But what I will always remember you for was your impish sense of humour. You so often had …

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Oliver Little

The comments on this page are testament to Jim’s standing in Scottish Friendly and the wider insurance community. He was a kind hearted, fiercely intelligent and loyal servant to Scottish Friendly and an absolute pleasure to have known over the past 6 years. I will particularly miss his superbly dry wit and gentle ribbing. …

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Scott McNeill

Whilst I only had the privilege of working with Jim for a few years, I will always remember the way in which he led Scottish Friendly.   Jim seemed to know everyone who worked for Scottish Friendly.  He always made the time to “walk the floor” and get to know people.  He didn’t care …

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Kevin Brown

I had the great privilege of having a close working relationship with Jim and his passing has been incredibly hard to take. A truly amazing individual, someone who I had so much respect for, and who will be sorely missed by so many people. SF HQ will not be the same without you Jim.” …

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