It is with much sadness that I report that Phil Brough collapsed and died yesterday, Sunday 7th November 2011.
As you will know, Phil was a great supporter of the Orkney Image Library through his comments that enriched so many of our pictures, and of course through the 150 pictures that he contributed himself and shared with us.
I know from my own conversations with Phil that he derived great enjoyment from looking through the Image Library after he had retired.
Bruce Moar, in an email sent yesterday evening, sums it up well:
"Phil put some good stuff on the library over the years and was always good for a yarn about it if I bumped into him in the Royal.
It always amazed me that he had gone to the trouble of learning how to work a computer in the first place but he took great pride in telling me Ian's boy (Aaron I think) had shown him what to do.
I was by him just over a month ago to quiz him about his old Hotspur days and after I had been by him then Kenny Heddle I thought to myself I should get them together for an evening and record some of their stories for posterity.
Sadly it's too late now.
I, like everyone else I'm sure, will miss his contribution to the Image Library."
Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret, and sons Alan, Graham and Ian.