St Andrews stalwart Jim Wallace dies

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Friends have paid tribute to St Andrews stalwart Jim Wallace who died earlier this week.

He passed away on Monday at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, surrounded by his family.

Jim was known throughout the town and beyond for his community work which included helping to set up the St Andrews Highland Games and the town’s pipe band.

He also ran the Stravithie Dairy for a number of years before taking on Northbank Farm.

Ian Grieve worked alongside him for almost 30 years setting up the highland games and then organising and running the event every year.

“He will be a big loss, he was a really great guy,” Mr Grieve said.

“Jim was the chair of the St Andrews Highland Games right from the start when his business acumen really helped get the whole thing off the ground in the first place.

“He had a lot of experience and was certainly a do-er with access to land, equipment, storage and all sorts of things we needed to get set up.

“He was the sort of man who called a spade a spade and got things done.

‘‘On the day of the games he would be buzzing around and going into the hospitality tent to look after everyone.

‘‘People just seemed to gravitate towards Jim.”

Another close friend, Andy Soutar, recalled how vital a role Mr Wallace played in starting up the St Andrews Pipe Band back in 1972.

“Jim used to do a power of work for the band but he was a great piper too,”he said.

“He would organise discos, raffles, dances and anything that would help support the band.

‘‘If it hadn’t been for Jim, it would have taken an awful lot longer to get the band up and running.

“Jim was a really great friend to me, always up front and a very honest man as well.

‘‘He will be a big loss to the town.”

Predeceased by his wife, Wilma, he is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and two great-children.

Tragically, his grandson Malcolm Campbell lost his life in the Pike River mine disaster in New Zealand at the end of last year.

The funeral service will be held at St Leonards Parish Church next Tuesday, May 24, followed by burial at Cameron Churchyard.