Death of local man Mr Ed Kear

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FORMER Arbroath Town Council treasurer Edward (Ed) Kear died on Tuesday in Little Cairnie Hospital aged 85, after an illness.

A native of the town, Mr Kear attended Inverbrothock and Arbroath High Schools before becoming office junior with Wm Briggs, Dowrie. In 1941 he joined Francis Webster & Sons, Ltd., and was called up in November, 1944.

He had been a Senior Sergeant in the ATC, intending to join the RAF. But manpower was required in the Army and he was transferred to The Black Watch, seeing service in Palestine, then Egypt. Latterly he was a sergeant.

Demobbed in 1948, he rejoined Websters to become a sales representative and later company secretary. He was deputy managing director before becoming an auditor with Sievwright & Dickson.

In 1989, Mr Kear and his wife, Marlene, ran the Keptie Street sub post office until it closed in 1992.

In 1966 he was elected an independent member of Arbroath Town Council, and was treasurer for three years until 1972.

He was a president of Arbroath Rotary Club, and was involved with organisations including Dale School Committee, Arbroath Improvement Trust, and Friends of Arbroath Infirmary. He was an elder of the Church of Scotland.

Mr Kear was an ardent supporter of Arbroath FC, and between 1952 and 1955 a footballer himself, with the High School FPs. He was a member of Arbroath Curling Club and Arbroath Bowling Club.

He is survived by his wife, and children Amanda, Simon and Anthony, and grandson Craig.

A funeral service will be held in the West Kirk on Tuesday at 11 a.m.