ANGUS Provost Ruth Leslie Melville has paid tribute to Sir James Cayzer, who passed away last week at the age of 80.
Sir James died at his home in Kinpurnie Castle, near Newtyle.
“It is with tremendous sorrow that I note the untimely passing of this great friend of Scotland and of Angus in particular,” commented the provost.
“Sir James was a generous philanthropist whose door was knocked on by all sections of our communities from individuals across the charities world to organisations of all descriptions.
“It was a rare occurrence when he declined to support a cause. The normal was for a letter to arrive in the morning post and a cheque to be issued that day.
“In Angus he was loved and respected by many who enjoyed his generosity of spirit and the twinkle he had in his eye when something amused him.
“I can say with confidence that not only the County of Angus but Scotland, England and Europe are the poorer for his going.
“He has endured a very difficult last year or so and his many devoted friends sadly have been powerless, to give him the reassurance and comfort that he craved.
“However, he had some magnificent nurses and carers who were employed to help and comfort him as much as was in their power.
“The people of Angus and me as Provost do mark with sorrow the death of Sir James and see his passing as the closing of the door on an era of patronage from which we have all benefited.
“I shall lay a personal wreath on his grave as a ‘thank you’ from me as his inadequate friend and as the civic leader of this county.”