Bill Brown dies suddenly

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WELL-KNOWN businessman Mr Bill Brown of Kirriemuir died suddenly last Monday at the age of 75.

Mr Brown was the founder and former managing director of Dundee-based building firm WH Brown Construction. He set up the company in 1970 in Monifieth before moving a decade later to West Pitkerro Industrial Estate in Dundee.

Born in Lochee in Dundee in 1937, Mr Brown attended Ancrum Road Primary School and Harris Academy before gaining a first class honours degree in civil engineering from St Andrews University in 1950.

Between 1959 and 1970 he was employed in a variety of jobs in civil engineering including working on the Forth Road Bridge.

As his company progressed throughout the 1970s it started to pick up major contractors and building works, including Friockheim Primary School and a lot of work for William Low; he was heavily involved in building and updating their supermarkets.

Although his work always came first in one sense, Mr Brown was a family-orientated man and was very proud of his children.

His wife, Sandra, said: “He was the business. He was the man that kept all the clients happy. Everybody respected him and looked up to him. He would get his jacket off and move the diggers when a foreman was off, he was very hands-on.”

Mr Brown stepped down from the business in 1992 after the company was the subject of a management buyout, although he remained involved with the company for around a year.

He was devastated when he read the company had entered into receivership earlier this year.

A keen golfer, Mr Brown had lived in Kirriemuir with Sandra for 26 years. He is survived by her, children Alan, Susan, Lindsay and Cameron, grandchildren Sam and Erin and brother Charles.