Death of retired Police Inspector Harry Donald

Harry Donald.
Harry Donald.

The funeral of well-known and highly respected retired Police Inspector Harry Donald, M.B.E. takes place at Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim on Wednesday (today).

Harry, who was 85, died at home last Wednesday evening, surrounded by his family.

A native of Forfar, Harry carved out a successful career in the police force, serving throughout Angus, whilst at the same time dedicating his time to the Red Cross movement.

Harry (pictured) joined the police force in 1947 in his home town before attending the Police College in Chamber Street in Edinburgh.

He returned to Angus and worked in Brechin, Carnoustie and Monifieth.

It was whilst he was stationed in Monifieth that he met his wife, Catherine, the daughter of his Sergeant Archibald McDonald.

The couple married three years later on March 23, 1951 in St Rule’s Church, Monifieth and celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at the Chapelbank House Hotel in Forfar earlier this year with their family and friends.

The couple started their married life in Montrose, with Harry being promoted up through the ranks, serving as a detective sergeant in Arbroath.

He was then promoted to inspector in Forfar where he worked as a training officer until 1975 when training was carried out in Dundee.

He then worked as a shift inspector until he retired in 1977.

During his police career Harry became involved with the Red Cross, initially setting up first aid teams.

He dedicated over 50 years of his life to the cause and was a life member.

Harry was latterly vice-chairman of the Scottish Central Branch Council and was delighted when his service was recognised in 1991 with the presentation of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Commendation.

Three years later he and his family travelled to Buckingham Palace where he was presented with the M.B.E. by the Queen for his long service to the Scottish Red Cross. He also received a Badge of Honour for Distinguished Service from the Scottish Red Cross Central Council Branch.

Harry is survived by his wife Catherine, daughters Moira and Gillian, sons-in-law John and Colin and four grandchildren.