Willie Black, chairman of the Retired Melville-Brodie Club, has died at the age of 91.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday at Kirkcaldy Crematorium.
Born in Dysart and a lifelong resident of Kirkcaldy, Mr Black formed the club along with its secretary Dougie Reid to help workers of the former Melville-Brodie Engineering Company stay in touch.
Mr Reid, 74, was mentored by Mr Black as a young apprentice engineer and said he would be sorely missed.
“A lot of apprentices I know, and a lot that I don’t know, will remember Willie,” he said.
“He was my independent mentor. He taught me everything I know.
“What Willie didn’t know about engineering was nobody’s business.
“There was a great comradeship among the workers. There were good relationships all round and we had social events. Willie was very much to the fore as far as that was concerned.”
Each year the club holds a reunion for the retired engineers.