Tributes to Bob Watt

Bob Watt
Bob Watt

LEVENMOUTH has lost one of its leading visionaries for the creation of a better future, with the passing of architect Bob Watt.

Mr Watt, who was 73, died in hospital on Saturday after a short illness.

Friends and colleagues remembered a man who took great pride from efforts to boost communities and regenerate Levenmouth – often a greater pride than in his own commercial gain.

Mr Watt was born in London on June 23, 1938 but grew up in Airdrie, having moved home to Scotland with his parents, William and Joan, at the start of the war.

His father was an engineering draughtsman, which gave Mr Watt early ambitions for a career in architecture.

He qualified in 1963 and, in 1969, moved to Methil from Airdrie to continue the practice of Peter Sinclair, architect in the town since 1924.

Mr Watt chose Methil and Levenmouth, said his colleagues, because he thought he could make a difference here.

He had a positive impact on many people throughout his life and career with Sinclair Watt Architects, and enhancing the Levenmouth area was always his passion.

Leven Valley Development Trust, of which he was a founding trustee, was established in 1997 with the prime objective of improving the area for the better of the community and the people who lived and worked here.

Mr Watt (pictured above) sat on the Levenmouth Childcare management committee and the board of Abbeyfield executive committee, concerned with special needs care of the elderly. He was also a trustee of Fife Historic Buildings Trust.

Sinclair Watt Architects went from being a sole trading company to a limited company in 2006, with a board of directors comprising Iain Mitchell, Gary McDonald and Clarisse Aitken.

They said: “Everyone at Sinclair Watt is completely devastated at the sudden loss of Bob, who, as well as being our managing director, was also our mentor, colleague and friend.

“His professionalism, enthusiasm and optimism have always been a inspiration to us.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Jeannette, his children, Vicki and David, his brother Archie and grandson Rory.”

Former MSP and Fife Council leader Christine May said: “When many others would have moved their practice to somewhere other than Methil, Bob stayed, kept faith with the locality and came up with idea after idea after idea.”

A prolific fund-raiser for charity, Mr Watt was also chairman of the Fife Strathspey and Reel Society, as well as enjoying keep fit, sailing and painting.

His funeral arrangements were being finalised as the Mail went to press.