By Bill Heaney

Tommy Crocket has died. His wife, Elspeth, announced his death this morning on social media.
She wrote: “I am very sad to tell all friends that my husband Tommy Crocket passed away in the early hours of this morning (April 18th).  He endured his long illness with great courage and humour.”
Condolences were offered to Elspeth and their children, Jennifer and Donald, from across West Dunbartonshire, where Tommy was a popular figure in the Lennox Heritage Society and the Film Club which met regularly at the Concord Centre in Dumbarton, but was postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tommy, who was interested in all things political, was a contributor to the Lennox Herald for many years, had been ill for some time, but he and Elspeth moved house some months ago to 40 Wallace Street in the Newtown, near Dumbarton Castle, where she was a volunteer, welcoming visitors to the ancient monument.
Elspeth, pictured right, a leading figure in local politics, is retired and was a highly respected languages teacher who worked at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton.
Tommy, who was originally from Glasgow, of which he was very proud, was a student at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, where he was a friend of Brian Keenan, who was taken hostage in the Middle East with Terry Waite. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, which includes his grandchildren.
Amongst the tributes on social media today were these:  Denise Currie wrote: “Och I am so very sad to hear this. He was a fine man and is a big loss to many and to the town. Thoughts prayers and love to you all.”
George Marshall Black : “So sorry for your loss Elspeth in the words of the Bard: “The man ‘s the man for a’ that’. “
Cllr Jim Bollan: “A Socialist and a compassionate human being. Rest in Power, Tommy.”
Ronnie McColl: “Sorry to hear that Elspeth. My thoughts are with you.
Margaret Jean Graham: ” We are so very sorry to hear this, Elspeth. He was a wonderful man, with so much integrity, compassion and humour. He will be greatly missed. Love to you and to the family which he loved.”
Arthur Jones said: “Oh that is so sad, Elspeth. Tommy was such a lovely man with fine and noble values. “
James Munro: “So sorry to hear this Elspeth. Love to all the family. Thinking of you all ❤️.”
Graeme Mccormick: “Elspeth, I’m so sorry for you and the family. “
Anne Elliott Dyer: “So, so sorry to hear this Elspeth. Tommy will be sorely missed by our town and beyond. God rest him always x… “
Joanne Burrows: “I’ very sorry for your loss Elspeth. Thinking of you and all your family.”

Bruce Biddulph wrote: “I don’t know what to say Elspeth. Tommy was a true legendary figure, with warmth humour and indefatigable spirit. It’s quite hard to believe. Words we usually say at this time seem less than adequate, he has left behind a space no-one can fill.”

Sadie King: “I’m so sorry to hear this 💔 sending all my love. xx”

Rosie Kane McGarvey: “Och like everyone else here I’m so very sorry to read of Tommy’s passing. Just want to send you, Elspeth , and the family love, light and warmth. Take care xxx”
CORRECTION: The Bruce Street address we gave for Tommy and Elspeth in an earlier post was wrong. Their address is 40 Wallace Street, Dumbarton. Editor


  1. A great friend . We kept in touch on a daily basis and enjoyed the crack we shared . Thoughts are with Elspeth and the family at this sad time .

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