One of Ellon’s most respected and loved citizens has died after a short illness, writes Jack Nixon.
Bill Morrison, 95, a former serving soldier with the 51st Gordon Highlanders was better known in the town as the ‘coal mannie’, and only retired from delivering coal when 73.
Bill served his country in World War 11, but was captured early in the campaign, and spent five years as prisoner-of-war near the Polish border.
A cheerful, but shy, man he was occasionally seen in the town centre where he was known to have a small, but usually successful flutter on the horses in the premises of former bookmaker George Mutch.
His time as POW was rarely mentioned, even if it must have been a traumatic time in a long life, much of which was spent in the company of his beloved wife Margaret (Peg).
It was an illness to Peg that brought about an early retirement from carrying coal, otherwise he would have continued working into his 80s, according to his family.
Although Bill was a modest man, he held strong opinions and was always up for a debate.
Bill will be sadly missed by his many friends not only in Ellon but the surrounding area as well.
His funeral was held at Aberdeen Crematorium yesterday (Wednesday).