Former publican dies on cruise

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THE DEATH occurred suddenly while on a cruise ship heading for the Mediterranean of well-known and popular former licensee of the Central Bar Maurice Maitland, Denside, Letham Grange. He was 75.

Mr Maitland collapsed and died aboard the MS ‘Ryndam’ as the ship was heading for Lisbon on Thursday, May 5.

A post mortem was conducted in the Portugese city and the body was returned to the UK on Saturday.

The funeral service will take place today (Friday) at 1.30 p.m. in the rooms of George Stewart, Funeral Directors Ltd., and thereafter to Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim.

Mr Maitland was born in Kirriemuir where his parents ran the Roods Bar and was educated in the town. The family moved to Montrose when they took over the Commercial Hotel there.

He started in the pub trade with family friends in Haddington, where he worked for three years before joining the army in 1954. He completed a three-year enlistment with the Scots Guards, much of which was spent in Germany.

When he returned to civilian life in 1957 he returned to Montrose to work with his parents in the Commercial Hotel.

In 1959, his parents acquired the Central Bar in Arbroath but after a few years they learned that the building was to be demolished to make way for the dual-carriageway.

They bought the former Arbroath Co-operative Society grocery on Brothock Bridge and the building received a major refurbishment before opening as the Central Bar and Lounge in November, 1969. The ‘old’ Central was demolished in 1970.

A keen golfer, Mr Maitland was a member of the Letham Grange Club and regularly enjoyed golf outings to Tenerife with a group of friends. He also enjoyed angling.

Mr Maitland married Elizabeth, nee Thrumble, in Melville South Church, Montrose, in 1966. The couple have two children, Ian (42), who works in England, and Lynne, who lives and works in Arbroath. There is one grandchild.

Mr Maitland is also survived by his sister, Rae Clark.