Mr James Clyne

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JAMES (Jim) Clyne, who played football for Arbroath FC and Arbroath Victoria in the early 1950s, has died aged 83.

He leaves a loving wife, Ida, to whom he was happily married for almost 59 years, son Fraser, daughter-in-law Susan and grandchildren Katie, Stephanie and Christopher.

Jim was born in Glen Esk and raised on various farms in Angus and the Mearns where his father worked. He was educated at Stracathro and St Cyrus schools, being awarded a medal as dux of the latter, before moving on to Mackie Academy.

He then trained in Dundee as a wireless operator and joined the Merchant Navy in this capacity in 1943 at the age of 16. He experienced many hazardous convoy operations in the latter years of the Second World War and was seconded to the USA Navy for the Normandy D-Day landings at which his vessel was involved at Omaha Beach. He left the Merchant Navy in 1947, aged 20, after contracting malaria on a long trip to West Africa, and returned to live near Guthrie. He met Ida, who lived in nearby Friockheim, and they were married in 1952. By then Jim was working for agricultural engineering firm Reekieā€™s in Arbroath, where he started off in the parts department. He quickly progressed to become parts manager and continued to serve the company in this capacity and as a key buyer for almost 45 years at branches of the business in Arbroath, Inverurie and Forfar, before retiring in the early 1990s. He was a dedicated worker who played a significant part in the successful growth of the business. He continued to live in Arbroath in his retirement, and together with Ida, enjoyed travelling. Hawaii was one of his favourite spots. In his earlier years he enjoyed gardening and latterly he successfully taught himself to draw and paint.