Well known local artist dies in Fife

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The funeral took place in Kirkcaldy on Monday of an Arbroath man who was well known to the art world in Fife and throughout Scotland.

Alistair Marcol was the first child of Alfred Marcol, an electrician originally from Poland, and his wife Mabel.

Though born in Fraserburgh, before Alistair had reached school age the family moved to Angus and then Arbroath.

He attended Ladyloan Primary School and Arbroath High School. When he was only 10 his father died.

Alistair was Dux at the High School and his name can still be seen on one of the school boards. He was also a prefect.

He excelled in mathematics and physics but his favourite subject was art. At the age of 12 he won a national competition in art when he painted a picture of a steam train.

On leaving the High School, he studied architecture at the Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen. Alistair’s working life started with Jenners in Edinburgh before he joined Store Design, which is now Havelock Europa. His work was in building interior design, creating solutions using his art and design skills.

At this time Alistair lived in Aberdour. He met Susan and in 1986 they married and moved to Burntisland. Catriona was born in 1991 and Gavin came along in 1993 to complete the family.

When he was made redundant in the late 1990s, he decided to dedicate himself to his art and become a full time artist.

He was divorced in 2010 and moved to a flat at Links Place, Burntisland, which was to be his final home.

Although Alistair had long term heart problems, health was something he was never worried about.

He always had a love and fascination for natural history.

He loved being at one with nature, walking and hiking, climbing and camping.

Mr Marcol is survived by his daughter Catriona, son Gavin, brother Christopher, Plymouth; sister, Maria Christison, Arbroath; and sister, Anna Glass, Brechin.