Well-known local man killed in motorcycle accident

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Many people in Brechin have been deeply shocked by the death, near the Cairn o’ Mount, of Frank MacDonald (44), a native of the town.

He was killed on Saturday afternoon when his blue Suzuki GSXR motorcycle and a grey Toyota Hilux pickup truck collided on the road between the B976 (South Deeside Road) and the B974 Cairn O’Mount.

The driver of the large all- terrain Toyota was uninjured.

Mr MacDonald had been manager of the Old Bolag Bar, Church Street, for three years.

Prior to that he had been a baker.

His boss at the Old Bolag, Kevin McDonald, expressed shock at the tragedy, and described the news of the death of one of his oldest friends as absolutely horrid.

He added: “He was very well liked. Frank would bend over backwards to help anybody.”

Kevin went on to say that Frank had been a keen motor cyclist for about 20 years, and the route over the Cairn had been one of his favourites, which he often covered with friends.

On Saturday Frank and a companion had completed the northbound leg, and were on their return journey when the accident happened.

The reaction of the Old Bolag’s customers to the news was swift.

There had been messages of condolence from hundreds of people, and there were at least 20 bouquets in the windows,

The bar was closed in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

Frank had been brutally assaulted in the pub last July, when two men set upon him with a pool cue and left him with a jaw broken in two places.

As a consequence the culprits each received two years in jail for their crime.

Frank is survived by his three children, Ryan, Jack and Amy.

The family had recently moved to Trinity.

His parents, Jim and Frances, live in Brechin, where Frank had been educated.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”