Tribute paid to a real gentleman

colin roland obit
colin roland obit

TRIBUTE has been paid to a Bellshill man who started off as an apprentice and rose to become a director of Motherwell Bridge.

Colin Ronald MBE, who passed away peacefully at the age of 85 last month, was born in Bellshill and, after attending Bellshill Academy, his education was completed through evening classes in engineering, eventually leading to him becoming a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

During the war years he began his apprenticeship with Motherwell Bridge where he met his wife-to-be Margaret Sutherland.

They were married in 1950, after he had completed his National Service and returned to Motherwell Bridge, moving to Coltness from Motherwell following the birth of their daughter Elaine.

He retired from Motherwell Bridge in April 1991, allowing him to spend more time continuing his travels when both he and Margaret made regular trips to New Zealand, visiting daughter Elaine and her family, and to his caravan in St Andrew’s.

In 1991 Colin was honoured by Her Majesty by being awarded an MBE for services to the engineering industry.

Colin is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Elaine, grandson Graeme and great granddaughter Amelia.

His nephew Lyall Duff said: “He will be remembered by everyone who met him throughout the world with the greatest respect and the finest memories of a real gentleman and a true friend to all.”

Full story in June 9 edition of Times & Speaker