Tributes paid to well-known Ed

Ed Cant who has died aged 82.
Ed Cant who has died aged 82.

A well-known Arbroath man who gave his time to many local groups and organisations in the town has died at the age of 82.

Ed Cant, who was born and brought up in the area, was a proud Lichtie and was well known in musical and sporting circles.

He was born in June 1931 and lived in the ‘Fit O’ The Toon’ before attending the old Parkhouse School.

He left education at 15 and became a ‘bobbin laddie’ in local mills before taking an apprenticeship as a plumber.

After giving service with the army he returned to being a plumber becoming the clerk of works with Angus District Council until he retired.

He was married to the late Irene and they had two daughters Lorna and Maureen as well as four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was latterly with his partner Sheila for 16 years.

Mr Cant was a fond lover of music and was a member of groups including Arbroath Operatic Society, Arbroath Male Voice Choir and the Angus Minstrels.

He was also a keen bowler and was a member of Newgate Bowling Club, holding the president’s position at one point and also being awarded an honorary membership.

Football was his one of his other interests and he was an avid supporter of Arbroath FC and was a regular at Gayfield for many years.

And daughter Lorna described her father as a man who was proud of his town and roots.

She said: “He was very loyal to Arbroath and was especially proud of where he grew up at the ‘Fit O’ The Toon’. He had a fantastic childhood there and was still friends with people he grew up with in that community. He was proud of Arbroath too and was very defensive if anybody was negative towards it.

“But he was very much a family man and loved nothing better than being around his family.”