Tributes paid to popular Fife station master

Tributes have been paid to a popular Markinch station master, following his death earlier this week.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:25 am
Colin Reed.

Colin Reed passed away suddenly at his Lochgelly home, aged just 62. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Effie, and five children, Michael, Alex, Tracey, Karen and Claire.

Colin was well-known in the Markinch community and to those who used the train station for his sense of humour and friendly nature.

He had worked as a miner, worked off-shore as a mechanic, and done various jobs for Scotrail, before settling down in the role at Markinch – a job which he loved.

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Colin, originally from Dundee, also loved spending time with his family – including his 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren – playing golf, travelling with his wife and family, and eating out.

His family said they have been “overwhelmed” by the response to his death, with many people paying tribute to Colin.

Balbirnie House Hotel lowered their flag to half mast on Wednesday as a tribute to Colin. In a Facebook post, the hotel said: “Many of us who work at the hotel have so many wonderful memories of seeing Colin bring such joy in and around the station. Never-ending and unique hospitality for so many arriving and departing the village. Our thoughts are with Colin's family and friends.”

The Markinch Community News Facebook page wrote: “He is known affectionately by the Markinch community for his beaming smile, daily jokes and his infamous station competitions. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him over his many years at Markinch Train Station.”

Many commuters and Markinch residents shared their memories of Colin, recalling his humour and his friendliness.

Alex Hynes, managing director at Scotrail, tweeted: “Colin sadly passed away this week. His kindness will be sorely missed by us all. I think we could all learn to be a bit more like Colin. Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe. We will remember him.”

Andrea Mellon added: “A lovelier, more helpful, hard working, people man, you could not meet.”

Dave Baldie suggested: “A fitting tribute would be a photo and plaque to recognise the work he did for the community and beyond.”