In Memory of Gavin Loch

I last heard from Gavin in July. His email said life wasn’t great, but it was full of promise. He wasn’t happy in his job, but talked about a heap of things he was considering. He’d always talked about opening a Reggae bar and that was still on the cards.

I’d always known Gavin had diabetes, but I had no idea how serious it was. He would never let it hold him back, he’d party as hard as anyone. I seemed to be more concerned about it than he was, asking him if he’d eaten enough, did he need insulin, and so on. He almost laughed it off, as if to say, “come on Mr. Callum, it’s a condition not a handicap”.

Gavid died in his sleep last Monday, the 20th of November 2006. He was a good friend, I saw him regularly before I left Edinburgh and always expected to see him on the travelling road somewhere. In my last email I was trying to convince him to come out to Bangkok, and he said he was talking about coming out to this region.

His death comes as a shock to me. I had no idea he was even a risk patient with diabetes. I never thought his diabetes would be terminal.

Gavin, you will be remembered. My deepest condolences to your family whom my thoughts are with at this time. I won’t make it to your funeral my friend, but I’ll remember you from Bangkok, I’ll do my best to send a card to your family. Rest in peace my friend, I’ll see you on the other side.

9 thoughts on “In Memory of Gavin Loch”

  1. my condolences.

    memory is the gratitude of the heart.

    hope you feel a little better than yesterday callum.

  2. I met Gavin when he came to the US in April. He really was fantastic. It’s nice to know other’s really cared for him too.

  3. Hello,
    I just found out today that Gavin Loch has passed away.
    I met his father and mother at my work, his father was kind enough to
    give me the news, his mother, I think not unjustifiably would’nt speak to me as, personally, I feel I let Gavin down by drifting away from him and losing touch.

    I grew up with Gavin and went to school with him, he was always cheeful, optimistic, ambitious, intelligent and far sighted.

    He always had some grand scheme or other up his sleeve and was probably the only person I will ever meet who could read eighteenth century literature for fun!!

    He never gave anything less than 100% and had more energy than anyone.

    Gavin was perhaps one of the few true romantics left in this world and his
    absence will make us all the poorer, we should be grateful that he was so widely travelled for he touched many lives.

    He proved his worth and made a lasting achievement, by completing his
    Post Graduate studies at the hallowed halls of St Andrews University no less

    He was an Alumni of St Andrews University!!

    No mean feat and one to be forever proud of, not many mark their
    place within those walls, Gavin did.

    Goodbye to the last of the Romantics

  4. I wanted to add this for Gavin

    Caelum, non animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt.

    Their skies, not their souls they change,
    those who travel across the seas.

    — Horace, Epistulae 1.11.27

  5. As Gavin’s father, I read these kind tributes with a sense of pride and extreme sadness 2 months after his death. His death,although a terrible shock to his parents and brother Alasdair,was not wholly unexpected as being single,a Type 1 diabetic and living alone he ‘ walked a tightrope ‘ in regard to going ‘ hypo ‘ with no one close at hand.
    He was a lovely son with a gentle and likeable nature and we miss him greatly — my wife and I find it terribly difficult to accept.
    God bless all of you who corresponded.

  6. Gavin was and still remains my “wee” Scottish cousin (despite being nearly 1 foot taller than me). Although we grew up an ocean apart – Gavin in Edinburgh and me in Toronto – we were always in each others hearts and thoughts.

    He was a dreamer and always will be.

  7. Gavin and I met at St Andrews University on a 1 year Post Graduate course and stayed in contact after finishing. Gavin spent time at my home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee and I had spent time with hime through in Edinburgh, as well as his cottage in St Andrews. I remember my friend as intelligent, articulate, cultured and knowledgeable. Gavin also had quite a sense of humour. In fact, I can recall many a time when he and I would be in hysterics about something. Gavin always had a very infectious laugh and humour. I’d never met anyone quite like Gavin before. The eclectic tastes in music, art and film, the dreams of opening up a reggae bar, going into journalism and those red shoes he used to wear. These were unique to Gavin. The time when I was friends with Gavin was a happy time in my life and I will remember him fondly. I was saddened and shocked when I first heard Gavin had passed away. Saddened for his family, other friends and sad that I won’t get to spend time with him again. From reading the messages on this page, I hope Gavin knew how well thought of he was by his family and many friends. I hope Gavin is at peace. I will remember him.

    Best wishes,


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