Prominent businessman loses his battle with cancer

Allan Milne
Allan Milne

A well-known retired north east Fife businessman has died at the age of 73.

Allan Milne, who lived in Drumoig, was part owner of Curtis Fine Papers in Guardbridge, having led a management buyout of the firm.

He began his career in the paper industry in his native Aberdeenshire and joined Curtis Fine papers as a superintendant in 1970. He was appointed mill manager in 1984 and managing director in 1998.

The buyout in 2002 brought the company back into Scottish ownership for the first time in 20 years and it returned briefly to profitability.He retired in 2007 following a second buyout and a year later the mill closed.

Mr Milne was a former president of St Andrews Rotary Club, and in 2005 he received the St Andrews Burns Club Award for Citizenship in recognition of his contribution to the local community.

He was also a member of St Andrews Curling Club, where he coached youngsters in the sport, and was involved with the 1st St Andrews Boys’ Brigade and the Fife Scout Group.

In addition. he was a former elder of Wormit Parish Church.

Mr Milne, who died in Ninewells Hospital after a battle with cancer, is survived by his wife Myra, to whom he was married for more than 50 years; a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.