Obituary: Mr John Ness

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THE FUNERAL took place on Friday in the Millgate Loan rooms of George Stewart Funeral Director of a well-known former Arbroath businessman.

John Ness, who was in his 80th year, was interred at the Eastern Cemetery.

A native of Kirkcaldy, Mr Ness moved to Arbroath with his parents early in the Second World War when he was only seven years old.

He attended Ladyloan Primary School and Keptie School before taking up a job with Beattie Fish Merchants across the road from his home in Seagate.

However, he remained there less than a year before taking a berth with the local fishing boat ‘Sunshine’, AH 65, owned by Hugh Swankie. He also crewed for the ‘Margaret Cargill’, AH 36, skippered by Jim Cargill; and the ‘Ajax’, AH 96, skippered by Willie Teviotdale.

In 1952 he joined the Royal Navy Reserve and just a year later he volunteered as a crewman for the Arbroath Lifeboat shortly after the ‘Robert Lindsay’ disaster in October, 1953. He served aboard the replacement boat, the ‘Howard D’.

In 1964 Mr Ness started his own business as a fish merchant in High Street and also undertook fish rounds by van in Dundee and Fife.

He was appointed the honorary secretary of the Arbroath branch of the RNLI in 1982, a post he held for about 10 years.

He retired from business in 1995.

Mr Ness is survived by his wife, Betty, nee Myles, whom he married in Arbroath Old Parish Church in 1955, and their three daughters, Jackie Beattie, who lives in Arbroath; Shirley Aplin, who is in Brampton, Ontario, Canada; and Lauri Whyte, who lives in Cyprus. There are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.