Ron Marr, 1922 - 2013

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THE FUNERAL of a well-known Arbroath figure will take place today (Friday).

Ron Marr passed away after a short illness at Tarriebank Home care house on Saturday afternoon. He was 91.

Born in 1922, Mr Marr lived most of his life at the Demondale Cottages before later moving to Brechin Road.

His first job was at the Alma Mill until his enlistment in the RAF during the Second World War which saw him deployed to the Middle East for most of his service.

After he was demobbed, Mr Marr returned to Arbroath where he took a job with Angus Council as the superintendent of the bathing pool at Market Gate.

Mr Marr then went on to work for Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Ltd on the Elliot Industrial Estate.

During his time Mr Marr also ran a bookshop in Guthrie Port and later a boys’ club, in what is now Almerie Close, and which provided weight training equipment and model trains and Scalextrix tracks.

In 1965/66 he joined the Air Training Corps as an adult Warrant Officer, and was also at one time the secretary of the Arbroath and District Stamp and Postcard Club and a member of the Arbroath Photography Club.

Mr Marr lived with his mother, Jane Shepherd, until her death and latterly lived on his own having never married.

His closest surviving relative in the town is his cousin Nan Penman and her children who described him as being like a big brother.

The funeral will take place today (Friday) at 12.30 p.m. at George Stewart Funeral Directors followed by a private ceremony at Parkgrove Crematorium.