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Loons fans in poignant Station Park tribute to former Forfar FC president Jimmy Farquhar

The hearse carrying Mr Farquhar stopped briefly outside Station Park.
The hearse carrying Mr Farquhar stopped briefly outside Station Park.

Forfar Athletic directors led applause for the club’s former president Jimmy Farquhar as his funeral cortege made a final journey past Station Park.

The popular figure, who was a lifelong Loons fan and became president in 2016 after more than a decade as a club director, died in Kirriemuir’s Lisden nursing home earlier this month.

Loons president Jimmy Farquhar.

Originally from Canada, Mr Farquhar established the successful Alexander Bain funeral director’s business in Forfar’s West High Street from the joinery business he initially developed with business partner Dave Balfour.

Despite the coronavirus restrictions limiting the numbers at his funeral, dozens of Forfar Athletic supporters converged on Station Park on Monday morning where the hearse carrying his coffin briefly stopped, the club flag flying at half mast.

The mourners paused in silence outside the main turnstiles to the Carseview Road ground, before breaking into applause to honour the club stalwart.

The cortege had earlier left Alexander Bain’s service rooms to pass St Margaret’s Church in West High Street, with which Mr Farquhar had a lengthy association, and the nearby business from which he had overseen the funerals of generations of locals.

A keen traveller, Mr Farquhar was also a highly respected figure in Masonic circles in Angus and at national level, and a strong supporter of Forfar Instrumental Band, with which he played in his younger day.

The club flag flew at half mast.

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