Alister was well-known in the potato trade

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THE funeral of a Forfar man who was well-known in the potato trade took place on Friday.

Alister Wilson, of Westfield Loan, passed away on January 13 at the age of 74.

Born and brought up at Blackgate, Pitscandly, Alister attended Lunanhead and West Schools and thereafter worked at Duff’s Nurseries for a spell.

At the age of 17 he joined the Cameron Highlanders, seeing service in Korea, Malaysia and Aden.

However, his hopes of an army career were came to an end when he was shot in the wrist while parachuting into Aden, an injury which led to a medical discharge from the forces.

Alister then enjoyed a spell as a lorry driver with a local lemonade company before taking up employment with Airlie Estates.

It was while working on the estate that he had the honour of meeting the Queen at the very first Highland Show staged at Ingliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

His career continued at Angus Milling Company and then with potato merchants J. E. England of Scone.

Working in ‘tatties’ led to the establishment of the Gowanbank Potato Company, in partnership with Duncan Henderson.

After a year at Colliston, Alister bought Duncan out and re-located to Forfar, operating from premises in North Street for a decade until 1990.

A heart by-pass led to Mr Wilson’s retiral, but he went on to act as director with Murray Limited, a potato company in Laurencekirk for several years.

Away from work, Mr Wilson was appointed a justice of the peace in Forfar, a role he fulfilled with enthusiasm and dedication until he reached the age of 70.

He was a founder member of Kirriemuir Round Table, acting as chairman in 1967/68 and he was also a member of both the Rotary Club of Forfar and Forfar Probus Club.

In more recent years he and his wife, Dr. Sheila Wilson, spent the winter months at their holiday home in Florida, where Alister enjoyed his golf and mixing with new friends.

Mr Wilson had three children with his first wife Wilma Oram, and was predeceased by second wife Dr Sheila Birse in 1996. He also had four grandchildren.