Ron Findlay: voice of BP now sadly silent

Ron Findlay
Ron Findlay

Long-serving BP press and public affairs officer Ron 
Findlay has died at the age of 86.

Ron, who came to be known as the voice of BP in Grangemouth and Scotland throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away in Linlithgow on July 11.

Born in Winchburgh, Ron started his long career at the BP Refinery in 1953 at the age of 25 following his national service and moved to 
Grangemouth with wife Anne a few years later.

By the mid 1960s he was providing reports and photographs for the staff paper, BP Shield, and progressed to assistant information officer.

Ron became information officer at the Grangemouth refinery in 1976 and was later appointed press and public affairs spokesman for Scotland. During this time he made sure visits and events involving everyone from King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden to Sean 
Connery ran smoothly.

A keen amateur footballer in his youth, Ron was heavily involved with the BP (Football) Youth Cup and got to work alongside his footballing heroes Jock Wallace and Jock Stein, providing encouragement and support for young players.

He acted as BP’s spokesman following the fatal explosion of the hydrocracker at the refinery in March 1987, fielding enquiries from 
national and international media while always mindful of the suffering of the two 
families left bereft.

Ron retired in 1988 after 35 years at the refinery.

He leaves wife of 59 years Anne, children Ross and Lorna and three devoted grandchildren.