The final step in David’s career ...

Andrew Renwick, managing director of Caltech Lifts, presents David Dow with a Twix. Pic: Alan S. Morrison
Andrew Renwick, managing director of Caltech Lifts, presents David Dow with a Twix. Pic: Alan S. Morrison

A Glenrothes stairlift industry veteran has officially retired after 36 years helping others to stay in their homes.

David Dow, who turned 67 last week, has retired from his role as business development manager at Caltech Lifts.

When David agreed to join us two years ago I knew we would get some impressive results to help grow our stairlift division

Andrew Renwick

But he’s not just been helping people during his time in the business.

Seven years ago, when David was doing a survey at Kingholm Quay near Dumfries he stopped by the River Nith for lunch.

He spotted two elderly women trying to get their dog out of the fast flowing river to no avail.

After a failed attempt to grab it by getting kneedeep in the water, David had a brainwave and grabbed the Twix from his lunch box. He waded back into the river and waved it in front of the dog to entice it to shallower water - and it worked!

David said this was his most memorable moment and a fine one to retire on, as well as helping thousands of people regain their mobility.

David, who grew up in Kirkcaldy and trained as a planning officer at Kirkcaldy Technical College before working for the Town Council, moved into the field of stairlifts in 1979.

The next 30 years saw him rise from stairlift surveyor to senior manager of a UK-based stairlift and stair climber manufacturer before moving to another firm based in Inverkeithing.

He delayed his planned retiral two years ago to help Caltech Lifts take their stairlift division to the same heights as their passenger lifts one.

David plans to spend his retirement enjoying holidays around the world, visiting relatives in Australia and spending more time with his grandchildren.

David’s expertise has helped people across Scotland

Andrew Renwick, managing director of Caltech Lifts, said: “When David agreed to join us two years ago I knew we would get some impressive results to help grow our stairlift division but I was taken aback at what an immediate effect he had.

“He is probably the most experienced stairlift surveyor in Scotland and is known up and down the country by teams of occupational therapists who’ve relied on his vast knowledge over many years. Due to David’s efforts we have been able to invest further in our stairlift division by taking on more staff - from engineers, surveyors and office admin to continue with our expansion plans”

As part of his final few months with Caltech, David has been training his successor, Graeme Scott.