6th. Jan 1931 - 19th July 2011
lost one of its most popular characters when William
Paterson died recently. Some called him Billy but he
was most commonly known as “Willie P” and most folk
who knew him had their own favourite story to tell.
Last week, Masonhill Crematorium
was full to hear Rev Tom Bogle’s affectionate eulogy
as he told of Willie’s life and achievements. Willie
P was born on January 6, 1931 in a house in
Drummellan Street. He lost an eye during his
National Service in the Navy and on his return home
finished his time as a monumental mason. Frightened
of doing a poor job due to his eyesight, however, he
moved to work at Wallacetown Engineering.
He met his first wife Jean at the
dancing in Maybole; they married in 1952 and had two
children, son Jim and daughter Rhona. Jean died in
1983 and Willie married Reah in 1987.
“Willie P was a real live
character,” said Rev Bogle, “and no one I’ve known
had a bad word to say about him. Rev Bogle commented
on Willie being a Rangers fan, a member of Masonic
Lodge St John No. 11 and training as a football
referee. “He could have easily have been thought
sectarian but Willie P was friends with everyone and
could have spent time talking with His Holiness.
“He was a member of Maybole Pipe
Band, playing for General, later President,
Eisenhower when he visited Culzean Castle. “He was
also, I believe, a founder member of Carrick
Speakers Club, now Carrick Sports Club.” Willie was
later a committee member of the club for several
For a number of years he was a
member of Maybole Community Council and this was
marked by his coffin being draped in a flag bearing
the Council’s coat of arms. He often remarked that
he never won a vote at council meetings and indeed
it was just before he finished him time on the
community council that he was in the majority.
Rev Bogle remarked that he had
been told by whoever introduced him to Willie that
he was the Provost of Maybole. “I believed that for
a good while,” he said, “and he should have been for
he was a character and a credit to the town.”
Willie P, however, was perhaps
best known for his love of the poetry of Robert
Burns. He loved attending Burns Suppers and could
perform any task from proposing the Immortal Memory,
giving any toast, reciting poems, and singing. He
also had a vast collection of jokes which had his
audience in stitches many a time. He could even take
on every role and often was invited to do just that.
Maybole is a poorer place with
the passing of Willie P and everyone’s sympathies go
to the family at this time.