Members of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society’s black hand gang provided a fitting guard of honour for one of their own when a funeral service for Colin Galloway was held at Falkirk Crematorium a fortnight ago.
The crematorium was filled to overflowing as a 20-strong contingent, all dressed in boiler suits, lined the aisle while his coffin passed.
Every week the gang gather at the Linlithgow canal basin to carry out essential maintenance on the boats, the buildings, or on the canal itself. Colin was one of the most faithful attenders.
He had been involved from the earliest days at LUCS and, along with late Councillor Mel Gray, he campaigned for removal blockages and the re-opening of the canal to through traffic.
Since his retiral, Colin was at the canal most days. Sometimes it seemed as if he only returned home for B&B!
Colin, with his wife Joy and sons Martin and Douglas, moved to Linlithgow from Kirkliston in 1983. He had been appointed accountant at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the High Street and became a well known figure on the business scene. In 1992 he retired as branch manager at 50 years of age and set up a one-man business mainly laying mono-block driveways, as well as building fences and landscape gardening.
In 1999, following heart surgery, he gave up the business but to a wide circle of family and friends he was Mr Fixit and the canal was his main outlet.
Colin also enjoyed landscape painting and caravanning, especially at his beloved Arisaig.