30th October 1930 24th October 2006
Mal was born in Emerald, Central Queensland, the youngest of five children of William Joseph Ramsay and his wife, Frances. William was a train driver and was transferred to Rockhampton when Mal was aged ten. Mal attended Allanstown High School and then Rockhampton Technical College. His sporting interests included tennis and rugby league and he was active in the
Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving club. Later in life, his sporting interests would embrace tennis, squash and golf and competition game fishing. Mal went on to complete an electrical apprenticeship and worked for a time in Rockhampton, before working for Mt. Isa Mines, followed by a move to Brisbane. In Brisbane, he worked for AEI Electrics through the week and then headed for the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for the weekend. Mal went on to further studies, earning a Diploma of Electrical
Engineering and also taught electrical apprentices at night at the Technical College.
It was at a dance held at the Annerley Bowls Club where Mal met Judy, and in 1955 they were married at St Andrews Church, South Brisbane, a marriage which lasted 52 years (tillMals passing) and produced five (5) children in seven (7) years (and eight
(8) grand children). In 1968, Mal went out on his own and founded a successful electrical engineering and manufacturing
company. In 1970, he visited Japan and so started a long trading relationship with a number of Japanese companies,
a relationship which was underpinned by only a gentlemans agreement, which is termed a Samurai to Samurai agreement.
Competitive game fishing was one of Mals life long passions, and he fished not only throughout Australia, but around the world. Mal was a past president and life member of the Moreton Bay Game Fishing Club, the Queensland Game Fishing Club and the Game Fishing Association of Australia.
He was also an honorary member and adviser to the Japan Game Fish Association, which honoured him in 2002 with the Onishi Award for his significant contribution to sports fishing in Japan. Finally, he was involved with RecFish Australia from
its inception in 1983 and served as president for seven (7) years. Another area of Mals involvement was in Rotary and he was a founding charter member of the Rotary Club of Balmoral. He was involved in Rotary at many levels and held positions on
many committees and served a term as a branch president. Mals Rotary contributions were recognised through being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 and a Paul Harris Sapphire Award in 1995. Judy was always of great support to Mal, and as a
Rotaryanne, she was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 1993. The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) which Mal joined in 1983 was one of his lasting dedications.
In 1986, Mal was invited to join the Executive Council and later became a member of the Board of Governors. Over the years, Mal has held the positions of Chairman of the Executive Council, President of the Society (1998 2001), and Public Officer of the Society. In 2004, Mal was honoured as a Fellow of the Society. Mals commitment and dedication to the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) and his belief and support for all things Scottish was without question. It was full commitment, dedication and passion without compromise. The Society of St Andrew has lost one of its most valued and committed warriors, and to many, a friend.