Haggas, William Martin (Nowell, 1962)
Sophie Clayton

07/07/1945 - 15/07/2021

OGs will be saddened to learn of the passing of William Martin Haggas in July 2021 shortly after his 76th birthday, following a brief illness.

Bill Haggas was born in Lytham St Annes in July 1945, and attended Giggleswick between 1958 and 1963. Upon his own admission, these were not his finest years!

After attending College in Bradford, Bill secured a position at M.G cars, which proved to be four happy and fruitful years. Then his father persuaded Bill to join the family business of Mercer and Son in Blackburn, specialising in ironmongery and steel stockholding. There he remained, building up a very successful business until 2016 when he sold the company, to enjoy retirement in Bude, Cornwall.

However, Bill’s real contribution to Giggleswick was to the O.G. Golf Society.

Without Bill there would be no Giggleswick presence at the Birkdale Bucket, an immensely popular public schools golf event. In fact Bill was in the winning team in 2019 after almost thirty years of unbroken attendance. It was one of Bill’s proudest moments.

Without Bill there would be probably no Giggleswick annual Scottish Golf Tour, an event he organised for twenty eight years. Bill’s inveterate leadership was instrumental in building the Tour into the successful event that it is today. It is indeed, one of the highlights of the O.G. golfing calendar.

Bill Haggas had a warm heart, an infectious smile, and an innate ability to succeed. He will be very much missed by all who knew him

Our sympathies go to his wife Catie, and his daughters, Victoria (OG), and Rebecca.