Tributes paid to former councillor

Kind words have been said out former Montrose SNP councillor Sandy West who has died

Kind words have been said out former Montrose SNP councillor Sandy West who has died

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Tributes have been paid to a former Montrose SNP councillor who has died.

Sandy West (76), from Bridge of Dun, died on Tuesday, December 3, after a brief illness.

His funeral was held on Monday at Dun Church, which was led by Mr West’s friend the Rev. John F. Anderson.

He was born in Ferryden in 1937 and joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 20 as a baker.

Mr West later became an avid campaigner for Scottish independence, having a 40-year career with the SNP.

In 1962, he married his wife, Irene (72), who he met at the Locarno Ballroom in Montrose, and the couple had two sons Roddy (47) and Blair (45).

Son Roddy said: “It was an intimate and personal service on Monday, although there were a lot of people there.

“I never knew my dad to talk ill of anyone, even if there were political differences.

“There were four things he was passionate about - family, Scotland, South Africa and barbecues.”

Mr West developed his love for South Africa when he sailed with Union Castle to South Africa with the merchant navy. Later he sailed across the Atlantic with Cunard in the Queen Elizabeth.

Mr West looked after son Blair’s dog Indy most days and loved to take him for walks.

He also loved hillwalking and completed the ultimate challenge walking from the west coast of Scotland back to Montrose, which he did five times with friend Gordon Milne.

Montrose SNP councillor Bill Duff said:“When Sandy decided to step down at the 2012 council elections, I was honoured to replace him as SNP candidate for Montrose

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