A poignant appeal has been made for the safe return of a family’s memorial to their beloved parents and grandparents.
An olive tree, which was planted in Dysart at the beginning of February in memory of Janet Kellock Crooks and her husband Joseph McAllister Crooks, was stolen some time between last Sunday afternoon and Tuesday.
The tree was part of a small landscaped garden area just off the Fife Coastal Path at Dysart, overlooking the sea, which was planted by the couple’s family including son Neil, who is a Fife Councillor, his brothers Alan and Ian and Neil’s daughters Vicky and Kellie.
The olive tree was planted in the garden area created by the Dysart Regeneration Forum, along with three wooden benches, one dedicated to Janet Meikle of the Meikle Carpet Factory family.
When Councillor Crooks’ mum passed away in September last year the family wanted somewhere special to scatter her ashes and chose the area as it had been a place where she and her late husband, who lived in Dysart High Street, had spent a lot of time.
They planted the little olive tree and scattered her ashes around it. The family also put up a plaque on another bench to commemorate Janet and Joseph in February and regularly visited to tend to the garden area.
Councillor Crooks, who is chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee on Fife Council said they had had no previous bother.
“We all live locally so we all visit a lot and on Mother’s Day we went up for a visit and everything was fine then. We only noticed the tree had gone on the Tuesday.”
Vicky added: “Whoever took it will not realise it’s not to do with the money but the sentimental value it holds for us all.”