Obituary: James Bruce, by Jack Nixon

TIPPERTY will be a sadder place after one of its best known and loved residents passed away last week.

James Bruce, better known as Jim, was a weel kent figure in the area, especially in Ellon where he was a night porter in the latter part of his 88 years at the New Inn. His cheery face was a feature at the popular watering hole, though for many his presence on the bus to Ellon was where he met contacts who came to worry about his forays across the dual carriage way to go and from his work.

“Nae to worry. I’ve done it before, “ was his response to those who expressed concern for his safety on the busy A90.

Personally I found Jim a kindly soul whom I was convinced had a story in him that should be told, such was the character in his cragged, open face. He did agree to sit down with me and tell of his life in the world of work, but sadly we never got round to the interview.

I hope Jim’s family will forgive me the omission. To them in their grief I can only say he was a lovely man.

The funeral of Tipperty’s grand old man was held on Tuesday at Ellon Parish Church.