Former Angus councillor George Norrie dies

George Norrie has passed away
George Norrie has passed away

Well-known Montrose man George Norrie, who received the Freedom of Angus accolade and an MBE, has passed away at the age of 86.

Mr Norrie died at Balhousie Antiquary Care Home in Arbroath. In recent years he suffered from Parkinson’s and dementia.

He was born in Turriff, Banffshire, and his family moved to Marykirk when he was 14.

Not wanting to work on the family farm, he cycled to Craigo Mill to ask for a job, but the manager told him he was too young for an engineering apprenticeship, but he’d take him on for six months.

At the end of the six months, Mr Norrie began his apprenticeship which lasted five years

He then joined the Merchant Navy as a junior engineer officer.

While on leave, he came back to the area and met Montrose girl Ethel at the Locarno Ballroom.

The couple married in the local Methodist Church on September 5, 1953.

After almost seven years at sea, he joined Glaxo as an engineering inspector, retiring in 1993.

He was a district light heavyweight champion boxer in the 1940s, and also represented Scotland.

He entered local politics in 1966 and stood as an Independent councillor for 40 years. Hed was made a Freeman of Angus shortly after his retiral in 2007.

Named Montrose Citizen of the Year in 1994, a year later he received an MBE from the Queen at Holyrood Palace. An active Rotarian for many years, that year he was also presented with Rotary International’s highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Mr Norrie is survived by his wife Ethel, four nieces and a nephew.

His funeral takes place tomorrow (Thursday) at 11.30am at Montrose Congregational Church, then Sleepyhillock Cemetery.