Popular Brechin golfer, musician and teacher

Pictured is Bruce May

Pictured is Bruce May

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A POPULAR Brechin golfer, musician and ex-English teacher has died following a long illness.

Andrew Bruce May (right) , who went by the name Bruce, was born and brought up in Buckie.

After leaving school, aged 17, Bruce became a customs and excise officer, a job he remained in for 11 years.

Whilst based in Glasgow, for his work, Bruce travelled to the Montrose and Hillside Distilleries and it was during one of these visits that he met his wife.

As a keen musician, who enjoyed playing the saxophone and clarinet, he met his wife when asking her if he could get a sit-in for the Locarno Band.

On leaving his job as a customs and excise officer Bruce attended The University of Aberdeen, as a mature student, where he completed an honours arts degree in English and History.

After leaving university Bruce started teaching English at Brechin High School, a job he stayed in until he was retired.

Bruce was a popular teacher with his pupils at Brechin High School, playing at many of their weddings throughout the years.

Music was such a passion for Bruce that he even had his own band but it was not just music that Bruce took part in.

He was well known to many clubs and organisations in Brechin and Montrose.

He was an honorary life member of the Brechin Golf Club, a past president of Brechin Bowling Club, past captain of the Montrose Mercantile Golf Club, past president of Brechin Operatic Society and an elder in the Cathedral.

Bruce is survived by wife Marchia, sons Russell and Murray, daughter-in-law Delys and seven grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place in Brechin Cathedral on Friday, March 23 at 12.30 pm and then to Brechin Cemetery at 1.30 pm.