One of Fife’s best known bakeries is in mourning after two generations of its founding family died on the same day.
Grant Milne, retired director of Cupar-based Fisher and Donaldson, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 7, the same day as son Sandy died suddenly at Ninewells Hospital aged 64.
The 89-year-old had been in Rosturk House care home in Cupar, during his final year.
Sandy, who retired at the end of last year, took over the business with brother Eric when Grant stood down in 1991.
Mr Milne snr is survived by three other sons, Ian, Raymond and Stewart, as well as 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A small private funeral will take place on August 20, with his hearse travelling through St Andrews town centre before the service.
The journey and time have yet to be confirmed.
The Milne family have thanked the public for the wealth of condolences and messages of support they have received at what they described as a difficult time.
Fisher and Donaldson was founded by Grant’s uncle Willie Fisher and his brother-in-law David Donaldson in 1919.
His father, who also worked there, took the helm in 1940 with Grant becoming the third generation of bakers, starting as a messenger boy in 1942 at the age of 10.
He later gained a scholarship from the Scottish Association of Master Bakers to study baking and confectionery food science in Glasgow and became a high-quality craft baker.
He bought the St Andrews branch from his father in 1956, a year after marrying wife Audrey who died 20 years ago, and bought the rest of the business when his father retired.
He introduced many new products during his long career including the best-selling bread, the Dr Floyd loaf, named after Audrey’s father.
Mr Milne was a proud member of the Scottish Bakers organisation and the British Confectioners Association.
Away from baking, he was a keen pilot and a member of the Scottish Aero Club and the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.
A family member said: “His final year was spent in the happy surroundings of Rosturk House, Cupar, not far from where he was was born.
“He was very comfortable there and enjoyed a regular nip of whisky to go with an endless supply of the sweet things he favoured from his precious and loved Fisher and Donaldson.
“He passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep.”