A fond farewell for ’Ferry historian Jimmie Boner

Queensferry historian Jimmie Boner
Queensferry historian Jimmie Boner

Past and present members of Queensferry History Group celebrated its 25th anniversary last Friday but one well-loved and respected person was missing.

Jimmie Boner, a founder-member, past chairman and an honorary member, had passed away peacefully in his sleep the week previous.

Glasses were raised in his memory and many stories 
of his life and times were shared.

Jimmie had always been at the heart of the History group - his stories of Queensferry 
past were legion, some not to be repeated in print but chuckled over.

He was a raconteur par 
excellence and instrumental in fostering the enthusiasm 
of the group over these 25 years.

Many of his stories were recorded in the group’s publications and he charmed many a reluctant local into sharing their stories and photographs with the 
community.

He had very definite opinions on many subjects and 
was not afraid to voice these, but always with a twinkle in his eye.

Jimmie was a family man. He lost his wife Josephine some years ago, but was well supported by his four children and their extended families.

His funeral service will be 
held tomorrow (Saturday) at Warriston Crematorium at 11am. The date would have marked his 88th birthday.

He will be greatly missed – one of nature’s gentlemen.