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Leading Mason dies in horror accident

George Fairley - accident victim. Picture: Comp

George Fairley - accident victim. Picture: Comp

Police this week identified the cyclist who tragically died on the B800 Kirkliston to South Queensferry road on Sunday as George Fairley.

Police this week identified the cyclist who tragically died on the B800 Kirkliston to South Queensferry road on Sunday as George Fairley.

Mr Fairley (78) had been cycling on the B800 when his silver mountain bike was involved in a collision with a black Mercedes A class car around 10am on Sunday. He died as a result of his injuries.

Mr Fairley was the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Journal and Gazette in Kirkliston where he served as our district news correspondent for many years.

He was also recognised as being very active in masonic circles within the West Lothian area.

George was one of the founding members of Lodge St Andrew Livingston Station No. 1587 and went on to become Right Worshipful Master (RWM) of that Lodge in 1965/1966. His Mother Lodge was The Thistle Lodge 270 in West Calder.

On moving to Kirkliston, he became a very hard working member of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482, going on to become RWM of the Lodge in 1991.

While in the chair, he always looked for innovative ways to raise money for the Lodge and for a wide range of charitable causes.

He was also very interested in masonic history, especially in relation to the local Lodge’s 125th Anniversary in 1993, creating a series of three booklets to mark the occasion.

He also initiated and then edited a magazine for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire and was awarded the post of Honorary Provincial Grand Senior Warden of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire and Honorary Librarian of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

George is survived by his wife Effie, son Stewart, daughter Alison and four grandchildren.

Murrie Thomson, secretary of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland said: ‘‘The thoughts of all the Lodges he was involved with - and indeed everyone in the wider Masonic community - are with all his family at this very sad time.’’

David Buchanan, chairman of Kirkliston Community Council, added villagers in Kirkliston were saddened to learn of the untimely death of George Fairley through a traffic accident. All our thoughts are with his family at this very distressing time.

He said: ‘‘George was a “well kent face” within Kirkliston. He was a regular attender at the meetings of the Kirkliston Community Council gathering all the latest information for his column in the Gazette and if invited to speak always gave a good account of himself. He was a lover of gardening and with Effie, was a keen supporter of the Kirkliston Annual Show. George, true to his nature has always been interested in the wellbeing of Kirkliston, always giving well thought-out advice for any improvements he thought should be implemented for the benefit of all.’’

George’s funeral will take place at Kirkliston Parish Church on Tuesday, February 25, at 11am and thereafter at the cemetery at 11.45am.

 

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