We cannot allow the bells to toll for our Great Generation

WE SAY goodbye to the great people we have lost at the close of every year.

It’s always poignant, remembering the household names who have gone forever, be they star, statesman or scribe.

For me the greatest loss of 2015 was not a famous person, but my father Jim McAlpine, who died in June.

When I was young I wondered why some people got maudlin on Hogmanay. Now I get it.

The Bells ring in the new. But they also toll for those who are gone.

The great men and women who passed away in 2015 are remembered for the impact they made.

But like Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life, non-famous folk also touch the lives around them in profound ways.

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