Well-known St Andrean James Howe dies


well-known and respected St Andrews resident James Howe, who spent more than 30 years operating the independent Macgregors Funeral Directors in the town, has died at the age of 83.

Born in Rhu, Dunbartonshire, he was educated at the Burgh School and Hermitage Secondary School, Helensburgh.

After leaving school as a teenager, he began training as an upholsterer with a local firm in Helensburgh before being conscripted into the RAF for two years after the Second World War.

On returning to civvy street he resumed his career as an upholsterer, but in the 1950s he moved with his mother and siblings - Mr Howe was the eldest of three children - to Anstruther where the family ran a boarding house.

Mr Howe secured employment with John Macgregor of St Andrews Ltd. as an upholsterer and later trained and qualified as an undertaker and funeral director with the firm, going on to work as senior partner for around 30 years with the late Alex Bayne. He retired in 1998.

A keen sportsman as a young man, Mr Howe enjoyed playing football and golf.

He was a member of Anstruther Golf Club and St Andrews Golf Club.

He was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Parish Church and the St Andrews United FC Social Club.

Resident in St Andrews for more than half-a-century, Mr Howe married his wife, Jessie, in 1958, the couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 2008.

Mr Howe is survived by his wife, sons, John and Ronald, and daughter, Elaine, and three grandchildren Kerry, Scott and Sarah.