Mr David Nicoll dies

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A STALWART of St John’s Methodist Church in Arbroath and well-known community figure David Nicoll died on Friday aged 86.

Mr Nicoll had been treasurer at the church in Ponderlaw for 60 years and was involved with many organisation and groups throughout the town.

He was born in Edinburgh in 1925 and moved to Arbroath as a small child, attending Inverbrothock Primary School and Arbroath High School.

After leaving school, he served an apprenticeship as an engineer at Keith and Blackmans and on the outbreak of the Second World War he was conscripted to do mine work as one of the Bevin Boys.

On the war ending he resumed his work as an engineer, working in several factories before joining the Dundee Corporation as a work study engineer.

He remained with the local authority until his retirement 21 years ago, where he was eventually assistant director of manpower studies for the Tayside region.

After retiring Mr Nicoll and his late wife, Kathie, to whom he was married for 52 years, enjoyed retired life together but he still had a busy schedule.

As well as serving as circuit steward and treasurer at St John’s Methodist Church for 60 years, he also was treasurer at the 28th Angus Scouts for 17 years.

Mr Nicoll was a past secretary, treasurer and chairman of Arbroath Probus Club, a secretary of the former Arbroath Recorded Music Circle and property convener for Methodist Homes for the Aged at Gowan Park, as well as serving on the Children’s Panel.

This added to his roles as user representative for Arbroath Sports Centre because he was a regular swimmer and being on the start-up committee for the University of the Third Age.

He spent time as a youth leader in Dundee and Arbroath and was a renowned speaker on St John’s Methodist Church and the Bevin Boys Association.

At one time he was Scottish secretary of the Bevin Boys Association and in 2008 he travelled to London to meet then prime minister Gordon Brown to receive his badge and certificate for his service during the Second World War.

He is survived by his sons, Colin, Stephen and David, daughters-in-law Effie and Alison along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His son Colin said: “Over the past eight years he would often be seen out with his faithful companion, Brambles, his dog, in various parks in Arbroath and the surrounding areas.”

Mr Nicoll’s funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) at St John’s Methodist Church.