Former Angus depute provost George Suttie dies aged 99

Mr Suttie was a keen golfer and a member of Forfar Golf Club. He is pictured celebrating a hole in one.
Mr Suttie was a keen golfer and a member of Forfar Golf Club. He is pictured celebrating a hole in one.

Warm tributes have been paid to former Angus depute provost George Suttie, who died peacefully at home last week at the age of 99.

Mr Suttie was a highly respected and dedicated SNP councillor for several terms and served in the role of depute provost for a decade.

On his retirement at the age of 80 he continued to have an active interest in local politics.

Ian Hudghton, MEP said: “Success for the SNP in any campaign has always relied upon the commitment of time and energy given by our volunteer supporters and members. George Suttie set the ideal example of such commitment to the cause, always dependable and always meeting the targets set. Although he was a long-time supporter and member of the SNP, George waited until retirement from full-time work running his business before immersing himself in SNP activity. He pounded the streets of Forfar and District delivering leaflets, selling raffle tickets, putting up posters and talking to voters until well into his 90s.

“George was an obvious choice when we were seeking candidates for election to Angus District Council. He duly became one of the most effective, hard working and respected of all district councillors at the time, both as a ward councillor and while representing the county as depute provost. He was not keen on the confrontational style; he much preferred to listen to all sides of an argument, contribute his own views in a positive manner, and help to achieve consensus in the best interests of constituents.

“Many of his colleagues in the council, including myself, learned a great deal from his example.”

Helen Oswald, Angus Provost, said: “George will be fondly remembered by elected members, council officers and staff who worked alongside him, and by the many citizens of Angus who he sought to assist, both as a local councillor and as depute provost. He served his county with dedication and distinction and was an outstanding example to his councillor colleagues of the time and to those who have followed.”

A native of Meigle, George moved to Forfar in 1930.

A joiner to trade, he was the first employee of Ramsay Ladders, making their first ladder. He later worked with Scottish Construction in Dundee for 25 years, setting up his own company, Tayside Concrete Pre-Cast Ltd in 1977, retiring in 1987.

He then joined the District Council, serving the area for 12 years.

His service to the burgh and wider Angus was recognised with accolades including Forfar’s Andrew Smyth community award in 1996. One of his proudest achievements, and one which he fought hard for, was the establishment of the Forfar Loch Country Park which his son, Ken, has described as “the jewel in Forfar’s crown.”

Mr Suttie was predeceased earlier this year by his wife, May, the couple having married in 1943.

He was a keen follower of football and a founder member of the Forfar Boys Club in 1970. He was also an avid supporter of Forfar Albion and was instrumental in the development of club facilities.

He was also an enthusiastic member of Forfar Golf Club.

Mr Suttie, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in January, is survived by sons, George, from Forfar and Ken, who lives in Australia and three grandchildren.