Retired Arbroath businesswoman and accountant Winnie Wright has died following a long illness. She was 76.
Known to many as the woman behind cycle shops in Arbroath and Montrose, Ms Wright, formerly Greenhill, died at Roxburghe House in Dundee on Tuesday.
Ms Wright was born in Dundee on July 14 1939 and moved to Arbroath as a child, living and working there for the majority of her life.
She attended Abbey School and worked as a silver service waitress at the Seaforth Hotel while still a pupil at Arbroath High School.
After leaving education she went to work at Reekie Engineering then moved to the town’s Gas Board before leaving to start her family.
In 1965 Winnie, with her former husband Robert Greenhill, moved to South Africa with their family to start a new chapter of their lives.
On returning in 1974, Ms Wright used accountancy skills learned overseas to get a job with WA Findlay.
The Greenhills were keen cyclists and bought the former Cobb electrical repairs store in Lochlands Street, opening their eponymous cycle shop Greenhill Cycles.
The shop secured a health board contract for wheelchair repair and business thrived, leading to the opening of the Bib ‘n’ Brace work wear shop in Brothock Bridge, and another cycle shop in George Street, Montrose.
The Lochlands Street shop later moved to new premises in the High Street.
Ms Wright was well-known by the Royal Marines of RM Condor, who supplemented their basic cold-weather gear with emerging brand names from Greenhills.
The businesses wound down in the mid-1990s and Ms Wright kept working full-time as a bookkeeper with local businesses, including Whittons and CMS, retiring at the age of 70.
As well as being an ardent member of the congregation at Arbroath Town Mission, Ms Wright was fully committed to her family.
She is survived by daughters Joyce and Linda; grandchildren Alan, Fraser, Callum and Charlotte; and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service takes place at the Town Mission at 2pm on Monday, thereafter to Parkgrove Crematorium in Friockheim.
Family flowers only and donations can be made to Roxburghe House at the Mission and Crematorium.