Carnoustie charities benefit in Arthur’s honour

Arthur Hay passed away suddenly on April 8.
Arthur Hay passed away suddenly on April 8.

To commemorate the passing of popular Carnoustie man Arthur Hay, the family presented cheques to Social Eyes and Carnoustie Befrienders charities.

The money was collected from attendees at the funeral of Mr Hay, who died very suddenly on April 8 aged just 63.

“My dad was a very well-known man in Carnoustie as he worked for Selwood undertakers and the turnout at his funeral was huge,” said Mr Hay’s daughter, Jacqui Gray. “On behalf of my mum, Patricia Hay, myself and my sister, Debbie Haggart, we would very much like to let people know what we did with the money donated.”

Generous friends and family donated £1,000 which was split between the John Muir Trust and For Carnoustie.

The family chose to give the For Carnoustie donation to ‘Social Eyes’, a group for blind and partially sighted people and Carnoustie Befrienders, a group which offer visits and companionship to people who would otherwise be cut off from the community.

The two cheques were kept as a surprise and gifted at the end of the evening at the For Carnoustie Gala Night in June.

A fit and healthy munro-bagger, golfer, keen cyclist and marathon runner, Mr Hay’s sudden death was a shock to the family. It was revealed a number of weeks after his passing that he had died of a heart attack.

Born and bred in Tealing, Arthur spent his early life working on his dad’s farm before taking on the role of lorry driver for Dundee Plant. He then moved to DC Thomson’s transport department, where he stayed for 26 years until retiring in 2009.

After retirement, Arthur took on a part-time job with Selwood Funeral Directors in Carnoustie.

He is survived by daughters Jacqui and Debbie, sons-in-law Cammy and Ross and granddaughters Erinn, Dana, Brooke and Robyn.

Daughter Jacqui said: “He had a passion for life. Every day you met him, you couldn’t believe how happy he always was. You never saw him unhappy or down – he was always on the go. Everybody who met him loved him.”