Councillor Bill Kay: An appreciation.

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WILLIAM Kay passed away in Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning, aged 79.

Bill, as he was known to everyone who knew him, was born in Scotlandwell, and also lived in Thornton and Glenrothes in his early years.

When he married, he and wife, Margaret, moved to Kirkcaldy, before, in 1974, they settled in the Glenwood Road house that was to be Bill’s home for the rest of his life.

Bill received his secondary education at Madras College, St Andrews and, after school, became an apprentice baker and confectioner with the Co-operative Society in Kirkcaldy.

But shortly after completing his apprenticeship, he left to work at carpet stores in Falkirk and Kirkcaldy, later moved into management and eventually started his own business in the latter town, where he worked until retiral.

He had considered studying art as a young man, and although he was unable to do so, he was a talented amateur painter and photographer, devoting much of his craft to depicting and capturing images of nature.

He had a lifelong interest in nature, which he expressed through walking, gardening, birdwatching and badger monitoring and protection.

Bill was a founder member of the Pitcairn Society and served on Fife Environmental Trust for many years.

He had joined the Labour Party as a young man, but was not particularly active because of family and work commitments.

But, at the age of 60, he rejoined the party and later became a councillor, holding committee chairmanships in planning, life long learning and from last year he led Glenrothes Area Committee.

Bill possessed an IQ of 138, but was also a very practical man who could turn his hand to anything from fitting one of the first television satellite dishes in his garden to building his own computer.

He embraced technology and as well as communicating with constituents in person, and by telephone and e-mail, he also used social networking mediums such as Facebook and Twitter.

Bill is survived by Margaret, their sons William and George and their families.

His funeral will be held at Kirkcaldy Crematorium next Tuesday at 9.30 a.m. all friends are invited to attend.