Obituary - Mike McWhinney

Obituary - Mike McWhinney
Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: Nelson Blackley
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 4 Oct 2020
Grand Central Chorus members were saddened with the sudden passing, in September 2020, of long-standing stalwart Mike McWhinney.

A member for 25 years, he joined after a period as Chairman of Kegworth BHC, and he was quickly involved in all aspects of Club activity, including long spells as Treasurer and Lead Section Leader.

Originally by profession a civil engineer, he eventually became the owner of a business in the textile trade. This resulted in his appointment as our uniform manager, negotiating deals with suppliers, and organising fittings and resolving all the inevitable issues that arose.

Mike was proud of his Scottish heritage and through his membership of the Nottingham Scottish Golf Society, and those GCC members who performed at their functions were made most welcome and our performances appreciated. He had a unique style in addressing the haggis on Burns Night, totally incomprehensible to we Sassenachs of course.

Ably supported by his partner Wendy, Mike was an avid fund raiser and in this aspect the work they did was inestimable. In addition to our weekly tote they had an uncanny knack of prising splendid prizes and contributions from outside sources, including their golf club members. This resulted in many legendary raffle tables at our performances, attracting the punters, and thereby greatly assisting our ability to donate to our chosen charities.

Mike sang with GCC on three Gold Medal winning performances. He was also our designated pitch pipe man for many years. He had a fine mellow lead voice and won the BABS Seniors Gold quartet medal back in 1997/98 with Silver Sound. He was also a member of vocal group ‘Yesteryear’, starring on TV a few years ago with Gareth Malone. Mike was always getting things done in a quiet, unassuming and efficient manner, including the mentoring and guidance of new members.

On behalf of Grand Central Chorus, our deepest condolences to Wendy and their families.

Many thanks to Mick Barnacle for putting together this obituary.