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Death crash aid for RNLI

By SPP Reporter

Edward Reid, Macduff RNLI
Edward Reid, Macduff RNLI

THE family of a Macduff man who died in a road crash earlier this year have donated the money from his funeral to Macduff RNLI.

Edward Reid (63) was killed when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with a minibus on the A96 road between Keith and Huntly on Thursday, July 26.

Evalyn Collie (69) and Audrey Appleby (70) from Aberchirder were also in the Nissan X-Trail and died.

The bus was transporting Italian tourists and two of the passengers were killed including a four-year-old boy.

The donations raised at the funeral of Mr Reid totalled £1670.31 and the money was presented to the Macduff lifeboat crew by Ted's nine grandchildren at one its training nights

Fintry Primary School held a community café in September with the proceeds also going towards the Macduff lifeboat in memory of Ted.

Presenting a cheque for £110.00 from the community café to the lifeboat is Evan, Sunny and AJ who all attended Fintry Primary School. Mr Reid was a big supporter of Fintry school by supporting coffee mornings, making his famous tablet and attending all the concerts he could.

Mr Reid's wife Pamela said: "Myself, Lisa, Louise, Adele, Billy, Alan, Kevin and our nine grandchildren, Lee, Ellis, Evan, Sunny, AJ, Taylor, Ben, Charlie and Webster would like to thank everybody for the generous donations you gave in memory of Ted for the Macduff Lifeboat.

"We would also like to thank Fintry Primary School for the donation that was also presented on the same night by our three Grandchildren Evan, Sunny and AJ.

"Ted loved going to Fintry school for a fly cup or to see a concert at Christmas and of course tell some of his rubbish jokes.

"Ted is a great miss in our lives, he is and always will be simply the best."

Mr Edward was born and raised in Aberchirder. Leaving school at 17 he had signed up for the army and was in the 4th Royal Tank Regiment.

Following seven years in the army he decided it was time for a change and in March 1978 he joined Northern Scottish as a bus driver. This was only meant to be a stop gap as he was planning to join the Police, however this did not happen and he served 40 years of service driving buses.

In his younger days he was a keen football and rugby enthusiast and he played for Banff Rugby Club.

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