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A Century of Tradition

Tom Affleck


Our thirty-third President in 1963, Tom hails from the Lanarkshire village of Lesmahagow where he received his early education, before moving on to Larkhall Academy. He served on the Committee of the Society from 1957 to 1961 before becoming Vice-President in 1962 and, finally, acting ex-oficio in 1964. Although a keen and proud Scot, Tom, who is Mill Manager of the Linhas (now Coats Corrente) plant at Ipiranga, also has a very wide circle of friends amongst all the foreign communities in Sao Paulo as well as in Brazilian circles. Indeed, perhaps It is Tom’s “grande circulo de amizade” that made him so dislike the "tone" of some of the Banquet speeches, that he once went so far as to suggest we hold a joint Banquet with St George's Society! Deus nos livre!

Tom is married to Margaret and has a son, Ian (who is a member of the Society) and a daughter, Corina. Although no longer active on the Society Committee, Tom continues to help the Society in many ways such as providing transport and storage space whenever required and has been very active in helping with the second part of this history.

Tom was a RAF pilot in Transport Command during the last war, serving in the Middle and Far East.

During his term of office as President of the Society, Tom arranged with Archdeacon Townsend, then pastor of St Paul‘s Church, for a commemorative St Andrew’s Day service to he held on the Sunday following the Banquet and it was continued until 1970 when regrettably, it apparently fell from our calendar of events. It was the custom for one of the lessons to be read by the Society's President at these services, the reading of the other lesson being carried out by a Consular representative when there was a Scot at HBM’s CG, and on one occasion, the Society's piper played in the churchyard both before and after this service.

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