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A Century of Tradition

William R Dawson


Our eleventh President, a Founding Member, was Aberdeen born, but the family later moved to Kirkcaldy where his fattier had a drapery business, this trade also being followed by Willy. He spent some time in Glasqow at Mann Byers before going to Lourenço Marques in 1910. After ten years there, he joined Mappin Stores (Brazil) Ltd and in 1924 came to São Paulo as General Manager.

Always a willing and reliable "colony" men, he served for many years as churchwarden at St Paul's and on the board of directors of St Paul `s School. He was active in Masonic circles and at one time was well known on the golf course and tennis courts here.

He became Vice-President in 1932, was elected again to this post the following year, taking over the Presidency in 1934 and acting again on the Committee ex-oficio in l935.

The Society has always depended greatly and been able to count on fellow countrymen in "high places" and Willy was no exception and was always ready to help when needed in obtaining special services from Mappins.

He and his wife Cissie, also of a good Scottish and St Andrew Society background, lost their son George, a Dollar Academy boy, in the war and another boy Johnny at an early age. Doris, their daughter, was a favourite ”turn” at the entertainment which used to be provided at Ladies Night in the early 50’s and from time to time she is still welcomed at our functions when she and her husband Duncan Stalker are here from their Nova Friburgo hideaway and their visits coincide with one or other of these events Willy Dawson greatly enjoyed the company of his three grandchildren, all educated at Morrison's Academy in their father's home town of Crieff. Willy died in 1969 and his wife in 1974.

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