Community stalwart dies

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Fond tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who died suddenly in Banchory.

Ian Fletcher, 75, a director of Banchory and District Initiative (BDI), collapsed outside Taylors in Banchory High Street on Friday after stopping to speak to a friend.

He had just visited his daughter-in-law and granddaughters and was on his way to meet friends and go out to dinner with his partner, June Little.

June, of High Street, Banchory, said Mr Fletcher’s sudden death had come as a shock.

According to his daughter Angela, 40, Mr Fletcher was born in Manchester in 1935 and moved to Aberdeen in the 1960s for work.

He enjoyed an amateur rugby career and played for Aberdeenshire.

She said he then moved to Northern Ireland but returned to Aberdeen in 1977 and had remained living in the same house in Burnett Park East.

“My brother and I grew up here and dad was heavily involved with setting up sports clubs and getting us involved,” she said. “He started Banchory Ski Club, Banchory Tennis Club and youth rugby.

“Dad was very passionate about doing something to make a difference and was very good at getting things moving - whether it was setting up sports clubs or helping to bring business and jobs into the area. He was very community-minded.”

Councillor Linda Clark had known Mr Fletcher, a widower, for a number of years.

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