“The incredible hulk was a stand out moment!,” says Tina MacLeod, supervisor on The Botanist line. “I overheard him on the phone when his health was enquired about saying ‘I am green…No I am green…No I’m really green!!’ How he got that intense colour out I’ll never know!”
She summed up what many said of Simon – a flexible, understanding boss, always approachable and always willing to roll his sleeves up, a man who always makes time for his staff.
“He joined us to help with heavy workloads and drams and anecdotes on a Friday and on nights out… Mostly he is kind,” she said.
Jonathan Carmichael, manager of the Bottling Hall, concurred saying he was always willing to muck in with the rest of the team to complete an order on time.
“He would regularly stay late in the evenings and come in at the weekends with the other bottling hall guys and could be seen making up cases, hand-labelling bottles, doing a stint on the line, and even driving forklift trucks!
“He said it was a good way to get some exercise which he otherwise wouldn’t get due to being in the office most of the time!”
Mary McGregor, Private Client Manager, recalls his dancing prowess at her first meeting with Simon, over 20 years ago – at a Christmas party at Bruichladdich hall.
“And what a great dancer he was and is!” she said. “When I got invited to work at the distillery a couple of years later in the shop, Simon worked up in the old offices alongside Duncan, Mark, Jim, Ella and Lorna. Of course, away back then, my strategy was to get as many bottles signed as possible (more signatures = more bottles sold) and Simon’s office was the closest to the door – he never once complained!
“When I was asked if I have any stories or memories or photos of Simon, I contacted some of the folk that used to work alongside us (even as far afield as Australia) and all of them jumped at the chance of looking out some old photos and stories. The one thing that really stood out for me was everyone he has worked with has the utmost respect for this wonderful man.”