Oilman killed in Iraq road accident

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An Aberdeenshire oilman has been killed in a road crash in Iraq.

Father-of-two Gavin Arthur, from Ellon, died when the car in which he was travelling was involved in a collision in Basra on Wednesday of last week.

Mr Arthur, who had been on a business trip, had been due to return home the following day.

Mr Arthur, 39, was Middle East sales manager for engineering company CheckPoint Pumps and Systems and had been living in Dubai with his wife, Donna, and two young sons.

He joined the company, which has its UK headquarters in Dyce, in 1999 after studying at Aberdeen College.

Days before the tragedy, the former Ellon Academy pupil posted on a social networking site that he was looking forward to waking his two sons “for a hug and a kiss” when he got home.

Mr Arthur married Donna at Methlick Parish Church in August, 2001, and was said to have been embracing life in the Middle East.

Tributes were paid by family and friends from the North-east, as well as people he met abroad, who said he would be “sorely missed”.

Former Ellon Academy rector Alan Cameron said: “Gavin was a hardworking young man. He really progressed well and had succeeded in the oil-related industry.

“I’d like to extend my sympathies to his family. It’s obviously a huge tragedy.”

On Mr Arthur’s social networking site, Kelly Mackay said: “Top man, top husband, top daddy and top friend. I trust heaven will look out for you like you looked out for others.

“You will be missed so much.”

Kevin Day said: “The world wakes up a little bit less fun today as one of its shining stars has unfortunately passed.

“Loving husband, fantastic father and all round gent. You will be sorely missed.”