Henry Rankin - a tribute
It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Henry Rankin passed away yesterday.
Henry was a member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) for many years and was elected as Chair of the group in 2012. He served in this role for 4 years and was a well-liked and highly respected Chair. During this time, he also sat on the Alzheimer Scotland Board of Trustees.
Henry campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of dementia and was passionate about improving the lives of future generations. Both he and his wife Anne were heavily involved in the Dementia Champions programme. They felt it was so important to improve the experience that people with dementia had while in hospital. Henry was always happy to share his stories with students, health and social care professionals and policy makers. He knew the value that the voice of people living with dementia had.
For all his hard work over the years Henry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at Scotland’s Dementia Awards in 2017. He was joined on stage by his family to share the proud moment.
Henry was a familiar face in our Glasgow Oxford Street office, and in the last few years he would be accompanied by his dementia dog Uno - a companion that not only gave him support but brought him great joy.
Henry was a gentleman; it was both a pleasure and a privilege to have known and worked with him over the years. He will be greatly missed.