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The Invergordon Archive

Cllr. Willie Geddes
The Invergordon Archive
Cllr. Willie Geddes

This was my father, also Willie Geddes. He was a Town Councillor for several years and this photo was an "official" shot taken for the first election he stood in the early 1950s.
The photographer was J. W. Ross who has been mentioned elsewhere on this site. He wrote on the back of this photo: " Wm. Geddes. Grocery Manager of Joss Street. A candidate for Invergordon Town Council. He is Chairman of Invergordon British Legion,Treasurer of Invergordon Football Club and Welfare officer for the Army Cadet Force."
Picture added on 08 March 2006
Hi Bill, what a great photo of your father. I remember him very well. My family lived at 15 Gordon Terrace and you lived at no. 19. Many an hour I spent sitting with your dad on that lovely hammock you used to have in your back garden. He was always so interested in everything that was going on. I remember when he got his invalid car and had a garage built in the field behind our houses. I remember your older sister Audrey and of course your younger sister Jeanette. I left Invergordon in 1968 but have recently retired to Alness and often see people from the Gordon Terrace days. Great to see all your photos. Must see if I can trace some of our old photos and put them on this site. Regards Jeniffer MacRae [Mackay]
Added by Jeniffer MacRae on 19 November 2006
Bill, this is a really good photo of your Dad. I don't think there are any Invergordonians who will not remember this lovely cheery man. He always had a good word to say whenever I met him.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 21 November 2006
Hi Jennifer and Rosalie, I much regret never having the chance to know my Dad in my adult years. Apart from all the laughs he used to give us he was such a source of good advice and a wonderful role model. He did not deserve the suffering he endured during his last 10 years--nevertheless he always had a smile for everyone and if asked how he was he would always say he felt great! (A good liar!)
Jeanette is now a granny several times over and lives near Perth. Audrey is near Wellington in NZ. Visited her a few years ago and she has been back here once.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 November 2006
Hi Bill, great picture of your Dad. I had the privilege of nursing him in the County Hospital. He was always so cheerful and accepting of his lot. I think your Mam and him knew my Mam and Dad when I was very young. My Mam died when I was five, but I have vague memory of visiting them at Munro street (I think).
Added by Margaret Sutherland nee Mackenzie on 04 March 2007
Thanks for looking after my Dad! It's good to be able to say that even though it was over 30 years ago! I was born in Munro Street and I think we moved from there to Joss Street about 1946. I still feel sad about my Dad's end, for such an active and humane person to suffer what he did is almost obscene and most certainly not deserved. So much for "you reap what you sow". Hope you are well. Regards, Bill G.
Added by Bill Geddes on 05 March 2007
Bill, it is so sad that your Dad suffered so much. He was always such a lovely man with a smile and a chat for everyone. Margaret, were you in my class at school and is your Dad an electrician? Or am I totally wrong?
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 06 March 2007
Hi Rosalie, yes you are right, my Dad had the electric shop in the High Street. I think the shop was previously Jamiesons but don't remember what they sold - maybe sweets and tobacco. My brother Gordon carried on the business after my Dad retired but now runs it from his house as he has given up the shop. I believe a florist rents the shop now. I remember you Rosalie and Amelia - I have met her from time to time in Invergordon - also your sister Jeanette. I now live in Caithness since a couple of years, and have just recently found this site. I really enjoy looking at all the photos and comments and get so carried away I loose all track of time.
Added by Margaret Sutherland nee Mackenzie on 15 March 2007
Margaret, like you I was thrilled to bits when one of my daughters found this site for me. I too lose all track of time when I am "browsing". I hope you and your family are all well.
Added by Rosalie Graham now Samaroo on 16 March 2007
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