Friday 21 September marked the passing of one of Whitehead’s oldest and most respected residents. Margaret Chambers, late of Adelaide Avenue and in recent years of Gilaroo Residential Home, Larne. Margaret was involved in many aspects of life in Whitehead. She began a lifelong commitment to the Scout Movement when she was warranted as Assistant Cub Scout Leader in 1946 (Wolf Cubs in those days!) She became Cub Scout Leader in Ist Whitehead in 1964 and an Assistant Leader Trainer for NI in 1969. She also served as an Assistant County Commissioner (Leader Training) from 1977 and as an Assistant District Commissioner (Leader Training) in South East Antrim District in 1993. Her outstanding service was acknowledged with the presentation of the Medal of Merit in 1969, the Silver Acorn in 1983 and Scouting’s highest Award, the Silver Wolf in 1992.
In addition Margaret was a volunteer at NI Hospice, an enthusiastic member of the Women’s Institute, Whitehead Bowling Club and was an active and supportive member of Whitehead Garden Society and the Brighter Whitehead voluntary gardeners group. In earlier years Margaret was an accomplished pianist and organist in her family church, St. Patrick’s, Whitehead, where a service of thanksgiving for her life was held on Monday 24 September 2018. Conducted by Canon Mark Taylor, the service was attended by her family, many friends, neighbours and representatives of the organisations of which she was a member, together with her carers in Gilaroo.
The logo on the Order of Service, reproduced below, was a moving and poignant connection with Scouting – a circle of stones with one in the middle, a tracking sign meaning ”I have gone home.” Uniformed and former Scouters formed a Guard of Honour as her coffin was carried from the Church. See photograph above.
Margaret will be missed by her family and many friends.