Funeral of Cupar’s John Henderson

John Henderson
John Henderson

There was a large turnout in St John’s Church, Cupar, on Wednesday for the funeral of retired Cupar publican and Burns Club official John Henderson.

John ran the Cupar Arms Hotel in the Burnside from 1958 until 1984 and was very well known in the town.

Born in Methil, he was educated at Dollar Academy but decided initially not to follow his father into the licensed trade, opting instead to study at the Royal College of Agriculture in Edinburgh.

When John took over the Cupar Arms, he ran it with his mother, his father having died several years earlier.

Cupar Burns Club president, Bob Stewart, delivering the eulogy in St John’s, said the large congregation, “fae a’ the Airts’, was testament to how well John was known and respected.

He said: “Not surprisingly, John enjoyed enormous popularity and success at ‘The Arms’, establishing the extension of a restaurant in 1971 and, surviving a potentially devastating fire in the adjacent Rodger’s grain mill in 1978.

“John was a very committed man, always doing for others whatever he promised to do and always on time. Consequently, he enjoyed tremendous loyalty from his friends, customers and suppliers and he, in turn, reciprocated this loyalty.”

An accomplished golfer, John also enjoyed leading the hotel’s darts team to successes in the Cupar and district league.

He moved to Perth in 1986 to run the Victoria Bar for a short period and returned to Cupar in 1992 when he retired.

Married in 1954 to Janette – whom he met at a dance in Leven – the couple celebrated their diamond wedding and enjoyed many holidays to Rhodes and Turkey.

A founding member of Cupar Round Table, John’s other interests included Cupar Burns Club, in which he was the longest serving committee member, having been elected in 1973. His posts had included vice-president, treasurer and croupier. During his time, he did not miss a Burns supper in over 50 years.

He made the “annual pilgrimage” with several Cupar members to a Burns supper in Forth, Lanarkshire, volunteering each time as driver.

A grandfather and great-grandfather, Mr Henderson is survived by his wife, daughters Margaret and Janet, son William and sister, Christine.