Death of well-known Arbroath man

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A WELL-KNOWN Arbroath man died in Roxburghe House, Dundee, on Saturday after a short battle with cancer. William (Bill) Peacock, Culloden Terrace, was 76.

He was a former chairman of Arbroath Probus Club and a member of Arbroath Burns Club. A keen golfer, he had been a member of Arbroath Artisan Golf Club for many years.

Mr Peacock was born in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, and started his education there. He later moved with his family to Avon, Wiltshire.

On leaving school he began as a trainee draughtsman in Cheadle, Cheshire, but grew bored with the job and reckoned that a life on the ocean wave would suit him better.

He joined the Royal Navy at 19 and trained as an airframe engineer, working on Sea King helicopters with the Fleet Air Arm.

He saw service aboard HMS Ark Royal and was twice posted to Condor, in 1962 and 1968, while it was still a Fleet Air Arm establishment.

It was during his second posting that he met his wife to be, Margaret Lowe, and the couple were married in St Andrew’s Church by the Rev. Ian McLeod.

They have two sons, Scot (41) who lives in Glasgow, and Alan (37) who remains in Arbroath.

Mr Peacock left the Royal Navy in 1973 and worked as an engineer in both Brechin and Dundee before joining the offshore staff of BP in about 1975. He worked with the same company until his retirement in 2001.

The funeral service will take place at Parkgrove on Monday.