David Traill - director at Henry Balfour and stalwart of Leven Golfing Society

The late David Traill
The late David Traill

The funeral took place last week of one of Leven’s best-known industrial bosses – and local golf administrators – David Traill.

Mr Traill, who was 94, passed away peacefully earlier this month in Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.

He was a director for around a dozen years with Henry Balfour and Co in Leven and the senior past captain of Leven Golfing Society, where he was an honorary member.

Originally from Denbeath, Mr Traill was born in 1921 and began an apprenticeship with Balfours at the age of 14.

After qualifying, he left and worked in various jobs before going to night school and becoming a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He was deputy managing director with the Tayside Floor Covering firm in Newburgh and then, around the turn of the 1970s, he returned to Henry Balfour as manufacturing director, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Mr Traill retired from Balfours after a spell as a consultant to the new American owners who took over the plant in the early 1980s.

He was captain of Leven Golfing Society in 1960-61 and, in the 1980s, he was made an honorary member of the club for services to the game and golfing duties.

Mr Traill was also a life member at Lundin Golf Club and, for many years, the junior boys’ convenor with the Fife Golfing Association.

His son Andrew said: “I think he always believed that, if you were a member of a club, you should put your heart and soul into it.”

Predeceased 15 years ago by his wife, Muriel, Mr Traill is survived by his sons, David, a former professional golfer, and Andrew, the secretary and treasurer of Leven Thistle Golf Club. His funeral took place on Friday at Leven Parish Church and then Kirkcaldy Crematorium.