AN Edinburgh triathlete who died while fundraising in memory of a colleague has been described as generous to the core and an “all round good guy”.
Born in the Capital, Andrew McMenigall attended Stewart’s Melville College where, as an army cadet, he aspired to join the regular army. After leaving school in 1983, he realised his dream when he got into the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and graduated as an officer two years later. He then joined the Royal Highland Fusiliers as a second lieutenant on a three-year commission.
It led to postings including Berlin – where he guarded Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess, at Spandau Prison – time in Kenya and a trip to take bagpipes to Japan.
He returned to the Edinburgh fund management group Ivory & Sime, where he had earlier worked as an office boy, as an investment administrator in 1988. Andrew became a trainee fund manager and stayed at the organisation until 1994.
There then followed a brief spell as finance director in his own business, Prospect Communications, an online CV and job service, before it was wound up and he moved to Scottish Mutual. He was an investment manager in the North American team until returning to Ivory & Sime as a senior investment manager.
In 1997, he joined Edinburgh Fund Managers, in a similar post, working in its United States department, and completed a part-time MBA at Edinburgh University, graduating in 2001.
He had spent the last decade at Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was a senior investment manager in the global equity team.
When he died in a road accident, aged 47, he was at the start of a charity cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of colleague Kirsten Scott, a former graduate trainee who had worked on a placement in Edinburgh and become a global marketing executive.
He had been planning the 960-mile, seven-day journey with colleague Toby Wallace, who also died, with the aim of raising £10,000 in her memory and also to support a local charity helping youngsters with cancer and their families as one of his own daughters had recovered from a brain tumour.
Friends say it was a typical of him, and a reflection of his selflessness and humanity, that he died doing something for the benefit of others.
Gavin Calder, president of Edinburgh Triathletes, where Andrew was a member, had loaned his friend his own bike for the challenge and described Mr McMenigall as a “giant of the club” .
He said: “I am sure that I speak for all in the triathlon and cycling communities in registering my shock and sadness at the tragic and untimely death of Andrew McMenigall on the Cornish roads.”
Andrew is survived by wife Anne, daughters Jennifer and Lucy, parents Moyra and Martin, sister Clare and brother David.