Warm tributes to Mick McKeown

Mick McKeown.
Mick McKeown.

Tributes have poured in this week for Mick McKeown, chairman of the Forfar branch of the Royal British Legion, who died on Friday.

Mick (78), was struck by a bus in Don Street and died as a result of his injuries in Ninewells Hospital.

News quickly spread through the town and there was an outpouring of grief on the Forfar branch’s Facebook page.

Warm tributes were led by Charlie Brown, national chairman of Royal British Legion Scotland, who said: “I am devastated at the news of the death of my mentor and soulmate Mick. In all my time involved with RBLS Mick was my guiding light. To be elected as National Vice Chairman at last year’s conference was a just reward for the time and effort that Mick had put into my Legion education and upbringing. He was the ultimate Legionnaire. I will miss him every day of my future Legion life.”

Mick had been involved with the Forfar branch for decades and had represented Angus and Perthshire on Legion Scotland’s national board of trustees.

Born in Glasgow, he joined the British Army at the age of 15 and served for 40 years, obtaining the rank of regimental sergeant major warrant officer class one in the Royal Artillery.

He served in Northern Ireland and the later part of his service was spent as a careers adviser in the recruitment office in Dundee.

After his army career ended he worked as a manager in charge of porters at hospitals in Dundee and was also self-employed as a dry-stone dyker.

He was dedicated to the British Legion and was heavily involved in the inception of the Festival of Remembrance in Dundee.

A keen runner and cyclist he undertook several ambitious challenges to raise money for Legion funds, including a 400-mile cycle from Edinburgh to Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire; a three week cycle around the Scottish coast as well as the London marathon.

Mr McKeown is survived his son, Douglas.

Police Scotland has confirmed enquiries into the full set of circumstances of the incident are on-going and Tayside Division would appeal for anyone who may have information that could assist officers with their enquiries to contact Tayside Division on 101.

As with all sudden deaths a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.