Jean played a major role in many aspects of community life

A Cathedral regular and active member of the Dalhousie Day Care Centre has sadly passed away.

Miss Jean Gray, the youngest of six children, was born to parents George and Jane at Uppertullo Farm where she was baptised.

Jean’s five brothers Jimmy, George, Willie, Lewie and Donald by no means ruled the roost; Jean was well capable of holding her own against all odds.

At just six weeks old the family moved to Cobbleheugh farm near Marykirk,. However, ten years later the war broke out and the family dispersed to serve King and Country in various locations.

With the war almost over for many soldiers at Dunkirk, brother Willie was one of many to be taken prisoner, spending the rest of the war in a POW camp.

It was because of this one event that Jean, aged only 12, began her charity work, helping the Red Cross collect, package and send parcels to those unfortunate servicemen for whom the war was over.

With the war still raging in Europe and coal becoming a scarce commodity, brother Donald and Jean would stand at the railway viaduct and wave to the train drivers who would throw bags of coal to them for their efforts.

Once the war was over and with Willie safely home Jean began working life as a postie in Luthermuir before embarking on various other jobs; Dykelands farm with their daffodils and Craigo Mill.

However, when her mother died Jean took her place at home before moving into Brechin on her father’s retirement.

Once settled Jean returned to work, firstly in the Co-op bakery before one final move saw her take up employment as a cook at Stracathro Hospital where she stayed until her eventual retirement.

Jean held office as an elder, a former Guild chairperson and current member and choir member at Brechin Cathedral, and even took her turn on a rota at soup lunches.

She assisted with the Messy Church, was cathedral representative at Brechin Churches Together, and chairperson of the Brechin senior citizens club.

She was also involved in the Red Cross, Christian Aid, WRI, Eastern Star and at the Mechanics’ Institute,

Jean was also a founding member of the Dalhousie Day Care Centre where she attended all events, was a stalwart board member, a voluntary driver for 20 years and presided over the lunch club in the adjoining pop-in for about 24 years.