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Obituary: Former Dundee FC director Ian Bodie

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One of Dundee FC’s former directors has died suddenly after health problems.

Ian Ross Bodie was a director at the club between 2007 and 2010, and was a life-long fan.

Born in Broughty Ferry on December 23 1946, he attended his first match at Dens on April 30 1958, a 2-0 victory over East Fife.

He was fortunate enough to be at Muirton Park in 1962 for Dundee’s Championship winning game and witnessed many of the great European nights after that.

He combined his financial background with his love of the Dees to join the Dens Park board under the chairmanship of Bob Brannan in August 2007 until his resignation in May 2010 after the Dark Blues missed out on promotion and prior to the second period of administration.

His support for Dundee did not wane after stepping down from the board and he continued to be a season ticket holder and had even been in attendance at Fir Park for Dundee’s victory on Saturday.

Mr Bodie was schooled in Hong Kong where his father was in the police, latterly as chief inspector. This also meant his younger brothers — Graham and Gordon — were both born on the island.

Ian attended Morrisons Academy between 1958 and 1962 before finishing his schooling at Morgan Academy.

He met Elizabeth Scrimgeour at the Morgan and they married in April 1970 at Wallacetown church.

They have three daughters – Claire ,42, who lives in Vancouver, Alison, 40, who works for Network Rail in Perth, and Hilary, 35, owner of The Cheesery in Dundee’s Exchange Street.

Mr Bodie embarked upon an accounting apprenticeship and became Chartered in 1970. His career took him initially to Cambridge to work for Pye Unicam, then returned to Scotland to Coopers & Lybrand in Edinburgh.

There was another move to Britoil in Glasgow in 1983 before returning to his home town of Dundee to take up a post of Finance Director for Sidlaw Industries and later Danisco.

In 2001 he joined Amcor Flexibles as Managing Director of the Scandinavian division (based in Malmo, Sweden) until his retirement.

Mr Bodie was also a keen golfer and has played at Downfield in the past, but more recently at Blairgowrie Golf Club.

He is survived by wife Elizabeth, daughters Claire, Alison and Hilary, grandchildren Lauren, Katie and Finn, and brothers Graham and Gordon.

 

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