Tributes paid to Owen

Owen McGuire
Owen McGuire

Tributes have been paid to one of the best-known characters in the community, Owen McGuire, who died last month aged 62.

A familiar face around Methil and Methilhill, Owen was born with Down ’s Syndrome and lived with his mum Patsy for 60 years before moving to a group home in Buckhaven.

“He was always out and about in the area with a cheery ‘How’s yersel?’ to all he met, usually carrying his little black book and wearing a variety of baseball caps,” said his sister, Anne Sampson. “He was always happy and brought a smile to many.”

Owen was a regular at Methilhill Bowling Club and the Douglas Arms, where he’d help lift the glasses in exchange for a glass of Coke and a game of dominoes, often bringing the prize of a steak pie home to his mum.

He attended Leven’s Robert Gough Centre (RGC) from the age of 16 until he took ill last year. He also had a placement at the Sailors Rest in Methil for many years, setting up lunches for the elderly.

Owen took part in a variety of sports at RGC, winning a gold medal in the Special Olympics in Glasgow for his carpet bowling, while he was also a very active member of St Agatha’s church in Methil.

“He will be sadly missed by many,” added Anne.