Tim died, in Rome, on 31 October 2020, after a lengthy illness, aged 63, son of Harry (Sandy) and Muriel, lately of Briarwood Terrace, Dundee, loving partner to Ombretta and a good friend to many in Scotland, especially Dundee and Rome.
Tim followed his father, H.M. Sandy East, (37–41), to Merchiston, becoming one of the earlier residents in the then-new Pringle House. He played in the XI for 3 years, captaining it in 75 when he was leading scorer and top of the batting averages: according to the Register “he fulfilled his batting potential of previous years”. A young team improved on the disappointing 74 record.
Following graduation from the University of Dundee in 1979, Tim trained in accountancy in Edinburgh with Thomson McLintock. He did not enjoy the experience and, realising there were better opportunities elsewhere, moved to Rome in 1982 to join Touche Ross. He remained in Rome for the rest of his life, moving to increasingly senior positions with Nissan (Italy) before becoming Chief Financial Officer of Corriere dello Sport, the Italian sporting newspaper. He retired from this position in the early 2010s.
He continued to play cricket at a good level for some time after leaving MCS including for the Forfarshire XI in the late 1970s, and then for Italian clubs and touring teams until the politics of Italian cricket became tiresome. One of his proudest moments involved a touring match in England attended by the great Tom Graveney. Tim noted modestly that after his innings, Graveney had complimented him on the excellence of his cover drive. High praise!
Tim compiled what must be one of the outstanding record collections in Rome. While at school the collection was already quite large and eclectic, at least by school standards. It expanded to many thousands of records, dominating his Rome flat, and was remarkable in being almost entirely vinyl, mostly picked up second hand for good prices.
Together with his partner Ombretta, Tim welcomed many visitors to Rome over the last 3 decades. Whether a group attending the Scotland-Italy rugby match, or someone briefly passing through Rome, or old friends making a visit, their hospitality was welcoming and generous.
It was my great privilege to be a friend of Tim for 50 years. He leaves Ombretta, and many friends in Scotland and Rome who will miss him badly.
Words by friend, Peter Cargill (70-74)