Former businessman Robert Findlay

Former Angus businessman and golf club captain Robert Findlay has died peacefully at home after a short illness. He was 79.

Mr Findlay was best known as Bob, the founder of the Findlay Brothers car body shop in Arbroath.

He was born in Nether Kelly, Arbirlot, to George and Ellen Findlay, and was one of six siblings.

His father was a farm worker and worked at Nether Kelly then moved to Balcathie Farm, where he became the grieve and his family came to stay.

Mr Findlay was schooled at Arbirlot Primary and had secondary education at Arbroath High School.

He was affected by polio at the age of 14 and it took years to fight his way back to walking and leading a full life.

He was a time-served paint sprayer at Brothock Coach Works and went to work in Dundee for NCR, spraying cash registers.

Within a short time he began taking on work with cars and left NCR in the late 1950s, and brought his brothers George and Roy in as partners in Findlay Brothers until 1995.

Nancy Gibb knew her future husband from childhood as they stayed in the same area.

The pair attended dances in Arbirlot before marrying in October 1957 at the village church.

The couple moved to Grampian Gardens in 1973 and remained there.

He was captain of Arbroath Artisan Golf Club between 1976 and 1978, and was a season ticket holder at Arbroath FC.

Mr Findlay loved caravanning and was regularly seen walking his beloved collie dog at Elliot.

He is survived by his wife, children Moira, Elaine and Brian, grandchildren Colin, Lorna, Craig and Alan and a large extended family.