Thomas Smith CEng FIMMM, 1921-2018
Tom Smith was born on 12 May 1921 in Lumphinnans, Fife. After leaving school, he commenced employment with the Fife Coal Company. After WWII, Tom was sent to the Ruhr to study the German coal mining industry. His mining career saw him in various mine management positions in Fife, Lothians, Stirlingshire and Ayrshire. Finally, he retired in 1981 when he was a Production Manager in the Scottish Area, National Coal Board.
As a young man, Tom was keen on football and played for Crossgates Primrose for several years. While his later years were spent on the golf course at Burntisland and he regularly participated in Probus Club activities. In 1948, he married Isobel and had two children, Morgan and Lorna. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, Cameron and Holly. Tom also had a sister, Irene. Isobel passed away in 1980, Lorna died in 2013 and Irene died the day before Tom passed away on 1 January 2018.
Tom was very active in professional bodies and was the last President of the National Association of Colliery Managers (NACM), prior to that body’s amalgamation with The Institution of Mining Engineers (IMinE) in 1968. The following year, Tom attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace with his wife and daughter.
In 1973, he represented IMinE in the delegation to the European Economic Community. More recently, he was a supporter of The Mining Institute of Scotland’s Retired Members’ Lunch.
Tom will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Mr David Seath CEng FIMMM - Secretary, The Mining Institute of Scotland