Deaths

MAIN (Hopeman). Peacefully, at home, with his family, on Tuesday, 9th December, 2014, John, aged 60 years, much loved husband of Ishbel, dear dad of Sarah, Jonathan, Kerry and Mark and a loving granda. John's funeral service, to which all are welcome, will be held at 1.45pm, on Monday, 15th December, in the Church of Scotland, Hopeman and thereafter to Duffus Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations to local charities at the church door if desired.
SMITH (Lossiemouth). Peacefully, Charles Ellis Smith, of Culoran, Stotfield Road, passed away, at home, on Saturday, 6th December, 2014, in the company of his family, dearly loved husband of Irene, much loved dad of Evelyn and Derek, a proud grandad and a special friend to many. Celebration of Charlie's life, in St Gerardine's High Church, Lossiemouth, today Friday, 12th December, at 1.30 pm, to which all friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only please, donations if desired, may be given at the service, to Help for Heroes.
CALLISTER (Elgin). Peacefully, at Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin, on Monday, 8th December, 2014, Angela, aged 78 years, dearly loved mother of Jane, dear grandmother of Emily and Tomas and a much loved sister. Funeral mass, to which all friends are respectfully invited, at St Sylvester's Church, Elgin, on Monday, 15th December, at 10.00 am, thereafter cremation private. No flowers only please, donations if desired, at church for C.A.F.O.D and S.C.I.A.F. R.I.P.
SCOTT (Mosstodloch). Suddenly, but peacefully, at Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin, on Tuesday, 9th December , 2014, John Donald, aged 83 years, dearly loved husband of Jean (Oliver), dear father of Moyra and John, father-in-law and loving grandad of Suzanne, Ailsa and Amy. Donald's funeral service to which all are welcome will be held at 1.00 pm, on Tuesday, 16th December, in Bellie Parish Church, Fochabers and thereafter to Bellie Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations to CLAN at the church door if desired.
GRUBB (Elgin). Peacefully, after a short illness, at Anderson's Care Home, Elgin, on Wednesday, 10th December, 2014, Robert (Bertie), aged 69 years, formerly of Clarendon Court, a dearly loved brother, and friend to all at Anderson's. Funeral service at William Watson's Chapel, Blackfriars Road, Elgin, on Wednesday, 17th December, at 11.00 am, thereafter to Elgin Cemetery. No flowers please.
CHRISTIE - Suddenly in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, on Thursday, 11th December, 2014, after an illness bravely borne, James (Jim), of 10 Girnigoe Street, Wick, (formerly of Elgin), beloved husband of Elizabeth, much loved dad to Brian, Alexander, Janice and Kathleen, dear stepdad to Brenda, Alan and the late Brian, a loving grandad, a dear father-in-law, brother and uncle. Funeral service within Dunnett House Service Rooms, Wick, on Monday, 15th December, service commencing at 2.00pm, thereafter to Wick Cemetery. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, in aid of local charities.
THORNLEY (Hopeman). Peacefully, at Cathay Nursing Home, Forres, on Sunday, 14th December, 2014, Janette, aged 78 years, loving wife of Jack, devoted mum of Andrew and the late Craig, dear gran of Ewan, Katie and Amber. A service of thanksgiving for Janette's life will be held in Rafford Parish Church, today Friday, 19th December, at 2.00 pm, interment thereafter at the churchyard. All friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only please, donations if desired, can be made at the church to Alzheimer Scotland Elgin Branch.
PATTERSON (Duffus). Peacefully, after a short illness, at Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin, on Saturday 13th December, 2014, Margaret (nee MacDonald), aged 87 years, beloved wife of the late Douglas, dearly loved mother of Douglas John and Shona, a dear mother-in-law, loving granny of Rebecca, Hannah and Sarah. Interred Duffus Cemetery.
GORDON (Rothes/ Hopeman). Peacefully, at home, on the presence of his family on Saturday, 13th December, 201174, James Steele Gordon (Peep), aged 81 years, dear friend of Marlene, devoted father of Jayne and Hugh, a loving granfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, father-in-law of Rick and Karen and dear brother of Aileene. Jame's graveside service will be held at Rothes Cemetery, today, Friday, 19th December at 11.00 am. All friends respectfully invited. Cortege should meet at Rothes Square at 10.45 am.
SIMMERS (Backmuir/ Keith). Peacefully, at his home on Monday, 15th December, 2014, William Robert Simmers, (Willie), aged 83 years, dearly loved husband of Theresa Grant, much loved dad of Graham, Philip, Symon and Tracey, dear father-in-law, loving granda, brother, brother -in-law and a friend to many. Funeral service at St. Thomas' R.C. Church, Keith, today, Friday, 19th December, at 11.00 am, thereafter to Broomhill Cemetery. All friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, at church door in aid of church funds and Marie Curie. R.I.P.
RUSSELL (Elgin). Danny Russell - a well known legend of Elgin City Football and Social Club. Passed away, in his sleep, weekend 13/14th December, 2014, at Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin, aged 93 years, a proud and much loved family man and husband to the late Mary (nee Laurenson) from Lerwick, Shetland, dad to John, Elizabeth and Robert and a much loved grandad and great-grandad and loving father-in-law to Gracie Russell and the late Robbie Miller. Danny suffered in silence over the last year but showed remarkable courage to survive while staying at Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin. His cheeriness and welcoming smile to all will be sorely missed by his family and many friends throughout his long association with Elgin City Football Club, especially during the Highland League days. Funeral service will be held at W.G. Catto Funeral Home, Linkwood Road, Elgin, IV30 6RE, today Friday, 19th December, at 1.00 pm and thereafter to Elgin Cemetery. All friends respectfully invited. Donations collected at the door and donated to Abbeyvale Nursing Home.
JOYCE (Australia/ Garmouth). Adrian, died peacefully, on Thursday, 11th December, 2014, aged 85 years, at McKay House Nursing Home, Tamworth, New South Wales, dearly loved husband of Jean, loving father of Adrian (deceased) and Anne, and father-in-law of Dianna and Greg. Cherished grandpa of Katherine, James, Tammy and Becky and great- grandad of Brodie, Elliot, Lindsay Rose and Madison. Contact details:- Dianna Baillie, Galen House, South Road, Garmouth, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7LU. Tel. 01343 870428.
GRAY Thomas (Bob) (Longridge). Peacefully, at St John's Hospital, on 13th December, 2014, Bob, aged 63 years (late of Pearl Assurance) much loved husband of the late Bernadette, dad of Andrea and Pauline and granda Bob of Baillie, Georgia, Liam, Ashleigh and Max. Funeral service will be held today Friday, 19th December, in Blackburn and Seafield Church, 41 East Main Street Blackburn, EH47 7QR at 12.45pm thereafter to Dalkeith Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Dalkeith EH22 3DL for 2.00 pm, to which all friends are welcome.
WILLOX (Forres). Peacefully, after a long illness, at Meadowlark Nursing Home, Forres, on Tuesday, 16th December, 2014, Andrew William in his 73rd year, retired RAF Cheif Technician of 111 Forbeshill, devoted husband to Margaret Taylor and a dear brother and brother-in-law and formerly of Fiddesbeg Aberdeenshire. Funeral service in St Laurence Parish Church, Forres, on Tuesday, 23rd December, at 11.00 am, thereafter to Udny Green New Cemetery, cortege to arrive at cemetery gates at 1.15 pm approx. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Parkinsons can be made at church door or forwarded to Andrew Smith Funeral Director 20 High Street Forres IV36 1DB.
WATSON (Elgin). Peacefully, at Spynie Care Home, on Friday, 5th December, 2014, Isobel (nee Bone), in her 100th year, beloved wife of the late Donnie, dearest mum of Anne and Jennifer and a dear mother-in-law, granny and great-granny. A funeral service was held at St Columbas South Church on Friday, 12th December and thereafter private.