Death of Mr Colin Macnab

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A WELL-KNOWN Arbroath publican who ran his family business the Crown Inn on West Abbey Street has died.

Colin Macnab who passed away last week aged 72 spent 42 years working in the licensed trade.

Mr Macnab was born in Dundee in 1939 and moved to Arbroath in 1943 when his father, also called Colin, bought the Stag Bar on Millgate.

His father had enjoyed a career as a professional footballer playing for Arbroath and Dundee before becoming a publican.

In 1953, Colin snr., bought the Crown Inn with the family moving into the house above the pub.

Mr Macnab attended Arbroath High School before pre-empting his call up to national service and joining the Royal Air Force in 1957.

He served at RAF Wilmslow in Cheshire and then moved to RAF Gutersloh in Germany where he worked maintaining the airframes of Hawker Hunter.

After being demobbed early, Mr Macnab returned to Arbroath and joined the family business at the Crown Inn and in 1970 became only the fifth licensee of the pub.

He married his first wife, Doris, who died in 1999 and had three children, Colin, Jenny and Morag.

As well as working hard to run the pub, Mr Macnab had several hobbies including golf and motoring and he was also a member of Arbroath Abbey Pageant Society and Arbroath Rotary Club.

He sold the business in 2002 to enjoy his retirement and spend more time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his second wife, Eileen, his children, his two step-children and grandchildren.