Accident claims life of local man

AN accident on the Forfar to Bowriefauld road last Wednesday afternoon claimed the life of a popular local man.

Eighty-two-year-old Thomas Ian Morrison, was killed when his Mercedes car was involved in a collision with a lorry at the entrance to Wester Lownie Farm.

Mr Morrison, a long-standing elder at Dunnichen, Lethem and Kirkden Church, had been delivering newsletters when the crash occurred just after 3.30 pm.

A former teacher and lecturer, Mr Morrison achieved sporting fame in managing the Great Britain Olympic hockey team to medal success at the Seoul and Los Angeles Olympics.

He was named chairman of the Great Britain Men’s Hockey Board in 1984 and held that post for a number of years.

The same year, Mr Morrison also acted as chef de mission, or team manager, for the GB hockey team at the Los Angeles Olympics.

The team took an unexpected silver but Morrison would go a step further four years later, the squad defeating Germany in the final to lead the country to its first hockey gold in almost 70 years.

Mr Morrison started as a teacher at Stirling High School, and later became a chemistry lecturer.

He was then appointed assistant rector at Brechin High School, and the latter stages of his career saw him act as an educational adviser for Angus and later Tayside education authorities.

He also co-wrote a series of school text books in the sixties entitled Chemistry Takes Shape.

The Territorial Army and the church also played significant roles in Mr Morrison’s busy life.

Mr Morrison also took a keen interest in cricket and, at one time, could often be seen at lochside when the first team was involved in home action.

He and his wife, Isabel, lived in Dunnichen.