Community pays respects to a notable Bo’ness businessman

Bill McLucas
Bill McLucas

A well known businessman died last week and his funeral at Carriden Parish Church was well attended by friends, family and colleagues.

Bill McLucas, a former haulage contractor, died on Monday, August 10.

He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Steer and father to Carol, Marilyn and Phyllis, a grandfather and great grandfather.

A large number of friends, family, business colleagues and former employees paid their respects to him on Tuesday, August 18.

He had lived in The Murrays since 1966 but established his haulage contractor business before that with a base in Dalmeny at one time. Landing a major contract at Kinneil Colliery he decided to base his growing fleet of trucks in Bo’ness.

The business went on to employ many local people and Bill felt a personal responsibility for them all.

Born to parents William and Margaret in South Queensferry, Bill was the last surviving member of six, Mary, Sonny, Lily, William, James and Emma.

He married Betty in 1947 and they were rarely apart during all that time.

There was nothing which Bill liked better than to be surrounded by his family. He made many friends during his life and some of these were lifelong friends from school days in Queensferry.

They couple celebrated their golden wedding with a party in the town hall and both celebrated their 90th birthdays this year with a visit from the Forth Bridges Accordion Band.

As an honorary member of Bo’ness United he could be seen on the terraces along with friends John Robertson, Peter Smith and George McFarlane, all members of what was jokingly called the ‘Mafia’.

Bill once acquired a double decker bus which he painted in the team colours to take supporters to Hampden for the Scottish Junior Cup Final.

He enjoyed curling at Falkirk Ice Rink which led to annual trips to Zermatt where he and Betty made many new friends and took to playing outdoors in the Alpine sunshine.

When he was a sailor on board HMS Shoreham during the war, the young Bill travelled far and wide, but especially loved being in Cape Town where he boarded with the Levitt family.

On a return trip some 25 years later he was instantly recognised by Mrs Kay Levitt as ‘Junior.’ He loved Canada where Betty’s brother and sister-in-law had set up home and eventually side trips to the US took him to Graceland which he talked about constantly.

Awarded the Freedom of Falkirk a few years ago, among his other medals he proudly displayed was the Burma Star.