Tributes paid to Montrose photographer Tony Morrison

Tony Morrison
Tony Morrison

A well-known Montrose photographer has lost his battle with cancer.

The funeral of Anthony Morrison, who died peacefully aged 56 following a short illness, was held on Friday, June 5.

Mr Morrison, known as Tony, was born the elder of two siblings in Masterton, New Zealand on September 5, 1958.

At the age of 21 he left his homeland to travel around the world, first working in an Australian gold mine before making his way across Morocco, Madrid, and then to London, where he took a job working as a nanny.

Following this, he started work picking daffodils in Cornwall and moved to do a similar job in Montrose, where he met Nicola.

The couple married on September 5, 1988 - Mr Morrison’s 30th birthday - had two daughters, Tanya and Rachel, and separated in 2002.

Mr Morrison turned his hand to many jobs before he took his love of photography and turned professional, and had a lifelong affinity for aviation and reggae music.

One of his most celebrated claims to fame was that he took a photograph of Bob Marley in 1979.

Mr Morrison was a familiar face at Links Park taking photos for Montrose Football Club, which featured in many page s of the Montrose Review, along with his pictures from music events.

Montrose FC Club Chairman Derek Sim said: “Tony was a larger than life character with an eye for a good shot and many of his pictures can be seen on our website, in our programmes and even adorning the corridors and lounges at Links Park.

“On behalf of all directors, management, players and staff, I extend our deepest sympathy to all family and friends.”

Mr Morrison was diagnosed with cancer in January but felt well enough to undertake one last journey to New Zealand before he returned to Montrose in April.

He is survived by sister Jayne, daughters Tanya and Rachel, son Daniel, and two grandchildren, Archie and Maria.