Forfar businessman dies at the age of 59

A well-known Forfar businessman has died at the age of 59 after a short illness.

Allan Sturrock, who ran a furniture shop in central Forfar for many years, passed away at his Kingsmuir home, surrounded by family members, in the early hours of Friday morning, having been diagnosed with a serious illness in mid-October.

Born at Moss-side, by Craichie, Allan attended Craichie School and Forfar Academy before serving his apprenticeship as a carpet fitter with Justice Brothers in Dundee.

In 1968, he joined the family business, Sturrock House Furnishers, founded by his father, Allan snr., a year earlier.

Allan jnr. and his wife Liz took over the running of the shop, which became known as Sturrocks of Forfar, in 1986.

The business specialised in carpets and beds and, over the years, Allan fitted carpets in countless homes throughout the Forfar area.

The business, based in Green Street, ceased in 2005 when Allan went into semi-retirement.

He still continued to fit the odd carpet and, for a spell, had a part-time job in the parcel delivery service.

A quiet living man, Allan developed quite a knowledge of local and world affairs, and that was shown in his success in local quizzes.

His other favourite pastime was dominoes and he gathered quite a collection of trophies in over three decades of representing the Queen Street Bar in the Forfar Domino League.

He also enjoyed his holidays, the Greek islands being a favourite destination.

Allan is survived by his wife Liz, daughters Tracy, Lorna and Joanna and grand-children Sian and Chloe.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 12.30 pm in Forfar East & Old Parish Church, thereafter to Forfar Cemetery.