The Rev Norman Macleod,who was the first parish minister at St Ninian”s Church in Glenrothes, has died aged 82.
Born in 1928 in Prestonpans, Mr Macleod was educated at Musselburgh Grammar School and the Royal High School, Edinburgh.
He started work as an apprentice with a medical x-ray company before completing his national service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
On returning to civilian life he was employed by the Legal and General Insurance Company and then the County Fire Office.
At the age of 25 Mr Macleod joined the ministry, studying both Arts and Divinity at Edinburgh University Faculty of Arts and New College.
During his time at New College he was appointed assistant minister to St Nicholas’ Church, Sighthill, Edinburgh, where he learned the practicalities of ministerial life from the Rev Robert Dick and went on to run a successful Youth Fellowship.
He was ordained in 1960 and appointed to the parish of Armadale East, West Lothian.
Mr Macleod met Margaret at London Road Youth Fellowship, Edinburgh, and they were married in London Road Church in 1960.
In October 1965 he was appointed to the newly established St Ninian’s Church in Glenrothes where he served for 13 years. There, he helped set up a worship committee, and a pastoral group and introduced the role of assistant elders.
He served as chaplain to primary schools in Glenrothes and to Glenwood High School.
Mr Macleod was also a respected member of Glenrothes Rotary Club. He was also well known for his Voice from Earth broadcasts for Radio Forth and various TV quiz appearances over the years, such as Bullseye and Fifteen to One.
In 1978, Mr Macleod was called to the linked parish of Orwell and Portmoak until 1988 when he retired due to ill health.
Other posts he held during his lifetime included chaplain at Glenlomond Hospital, Presbytery Clerk and Moderator at Perth Presbytery and General Assembly Convenor of the Diaconate Board.
A music lover, Mr Macleod played the cello and was an avid fan of military bands and traditional jazz. He is survived by his wife, son Ken, daughter Gill, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.