Death of Mr Pate

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TOM Pate, a well-known local farmer, has died peacefully at his home at the age of 91.

The eldest of three boys, Mr Pate, was born at the then family farm of Emmock, near Dundee.

His school days were spent at Morgan Academy in the city however his plans to study agriculture at Edinburgh were cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War.

In the war years he found himself farming Emmock on his own.

In 1947, Mr Pate married Janet (Jen) Gibson, the daughter of Dundee grain merchant John Gibson, and the couple had three children - Ewan, John and Jennifer.

In the post-war years, he worked with the Fatstock Marketing Corporation, was organiser of the South Angus Rabbit Clearance Society and was a president of the Dundee branch of NFU Scotland.

Mr Pate always supported the principles of agricultural cooperation, and these early activities were, by the 1970s, to develop into chairmanship of Tayside Growers Ltd, a pea harvesting group, and Tayside Potato Producers Ltd, a centralised potato grading and marketing organisation.

In 1961 Mr Pate and his family moved to South Powrie.

From then, more innovation followed with the construction of new buildings and the design of numerous pieces of agricultural equipment to serve an increasingly diverse farming enterprise.

Sadly, in 1973, the family suffered the tragic death of son John in a motor accident.

In 1987, Mr and Mrs Pate moved to Friockheim after retiring from farming.

As a life-long enthusiast of fellowship, Mr Pate was a founder member and early chairman of Dundee Round Table before joining Dundee Rotary as the only farming member.

He was president in 1987 and attended his last meeting of the club only a week before his death.

Mr Pate was also a founder member of Friockheim Probus Club and remained a very enthusiastic member over the years.

His other activities included gardening and historical societies in the village.

Mr Pate’s association with Strathmartine Parish Church in Dundee was lifelong and he was a member of the Boys’ Brigade, an elder, a Sunday School superintendent and then session clerk.

He was also a keen golfer and was still playing with friends at Letham Grange as recently as two summers ago.

Mr Pate, who was pre-deceased by wife Janet in 2000, is survived by his son Ewan, daughter Jennifer, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.