CHARLIE WAS A MUCH LOVED AND RESPECTED MEMBER OF THE BACK ROOM STAFF AT COVE RANGERS
DEDICATED: Charlie Pirie, centre, is pictured with fellow backroom staff members George and Neil Mathieson celebrating Cove Rangers winning the Breedon Highland League Cup in 2017.
COVE Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse has paid tribute to Charlie Pirie, the club’s former kit manager, groundsman and general handyman, who has passed away at the age of 88.
Charlie, the father of Cove kit manager Mike Pirie, worked behind the scenes at the club for more than a decade until ill health forced him to step down.
Cove chairman Keith said: “Charlie was a much loved, respected and valued member of our backroom staff.
“No job was too big or small for him and all of us appreciated his efforts and the dedication he showed to the club.
“Our thoughts go to Mike and the rest of his family at this difficult time.”
After retiring from his job as a lorry driver Charlie, who stayed in Kincorth with his late wife - Pearl - for more than 55 years, volunteered to help out behind the scenes when Cove were based at Allan Park.
His varied duties included caring for the pitch and carrying out repairs around the stadium as well as ensuring the kits were ready for the first team on match days.
Mike Pirie said: “My father simply loved his football and Cove Rangers.
“He was a huge fan of Aberdeen as well and always said the jewel in the crown as far as watching them was when we went to see them win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Sweden in 1983.
“We went on a chartered flight organised by Aberdeen company AC Yule and I will always cherish the happy memories of that trip.
“My father then transferred the passion he had for the Dons to his work with Cove Rangers.
“They very much his team in the latter part of his life and he loved being there when we clinched Highland League titles and won cup finals.
“When Cove were on the road for three years after Allan Park closed he put all his energies into making sure the team had everything they needed, no matter where their games were played.
“The sad thing is he never actually got to see Cove play at Balmoral Stadium.
“He saw the stadium being built but was too unwell to attend any games when we finally moved in there in 2018.
“But he loved every minute he worked for Cove Rangers and our whole family has appreciated the messages of the sympathy we have received from so many involved at the club since he passed away.”
Charlie, who died in Sunday July 12, had a second son, Kevin, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 50.
Charlie is survived by Mike, his wife Karen - who works in the corporate lounge at Balmoral Stadium - Kevin’s widow Janet, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
His funeral, which the family were forced to make private because of the Covid-19 restrictions, is being held in Aberdeen on Wednesday.