LAST Tuesday, 50 members of Forfar Probus Club welcomed Rod McLaren from Alexander Bain, Funeral Directors as their speaker.
Rod, an Aberdonian born and educated, had a wide variety of early careers: a tester of aircraft instruments at Heathrow, WH Smith worker, open-cast miner and London record producer among others.
But it was the chance of living in a rent-free flat above a North London funeral parlour as long as he manned the phone nine to five that gave him his first insight into a career in undertaking.
After later settling in Carnoustie he took on the post of deputy to Jimmy Farquhar who was retiring from Bains, Funeral Director of West High Street, Forfar. After taking over the undertaking businesses of Black’s of Brechin, Mackay’s of Abroath and Jim Strathearn of Kirrie under the umbrella of East Angus Co-op, Rod now has 15 staff under his management in the four towns.
He explained how important personal relationships are in his job, how much he enjoys working in the semi-rural Angus area as opposed to the city and how proud he is that he and his team can be depended on for a professional service and support by families at the time it is needed most.
Members showed great interest in Rod’s presentation and asked a number of questions.