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Archie McNaught obituary

13th Jan 2014
North Western

It is with deepest regret that the North Western Centre writes of the sad passing of Archie McNaught. Archie began his engineering career in 1940 as an apprentice at Prouts Garage in Liverpool. By 19 he became senior apprentice working on. After six years he left Prouts and started work at Transport Repairers in Leeds St Liverpool as a fitter and engineer.

His varied career saw him working as a fitter on everything from private cars, air raid precaution ambulances, and naval and army vehicles, to heavy goods and public service vehicles. By the late 50s Archie was working as a fleet engineer for WM. Harpers covering a small amount of commercial vehicles and trailers.

During that period he started to get larger contracts covering Standard Triumph, Firestone, Pirelli Tyres and A.C.L. This led to him being responsible for 820 trailers and containers and fitting staff solely for this contract, which led to him running 3 workshops. Archie also put four apprentices through college at Riversdale Technical College, Aigburth.

Forced to retire in 1989 due to ill health, Archie kept up advising fitters and outside companies who approached him for advice and information on running fleets.

Archie was a true character and everyone who met him had nothing but admiration for him. He was a Member of the IRTE since June 1970 and had served on the committee since 1973. Since 1974 he had served as chair from 1979-1980 and from 2000-2003. He had served as honorary secretary from 1996-2000 and from 2003.

Archie saw many changes made to the institute and played a major role in keeping the North Western Centre open. He never lacked in enthusiasm, loyalty and determination as he battled to gain new memberships and continued to contact old members involving them in updates and forthcoming events.

Archie was highly respected, and will be truly missed by all who had the honour to know him. The centre’s thoughts and prayers are with his family, may they find some small comfort in the fact that he is now reunited with his beloved wife, Joan.

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