“I was born in Dundee and have spent my life there. Before joining Affertons I worked with another funeral directors for just short of 25 years. I’ve encountered most things to do with funerals – I don’t say everything because you’re always learning and there will always be a first for something!
“What do I love about the funeral profession? I enjoy the interaction with the public and seeing the satisfaction the family receive when things are over. I first got into the profession in 1977 when I took on a job at Ninewells Hospital as a post-mortem technician. I carried out post-mortem examinations for the hospital and with Dundee police at Dundee Royal Infirmary. I moved from this job to Dundee University, where I was involved with the embalming of people who had donated their body to medical research. When I took my Embalming Certificate I gained the highest mark in Britain for that year, winning me an award from the British Institute of Embalming. Having that embalming qualification means families who wish to view for longer periods can do that.
“Running alongside this work adventure, I have been involved with various levels of football. I turned to Senior football at Brechin City when I was 17, from a local under-age football team, Lochee Boys Club, and from there, I transferred to Forfar Athletic, where I scored against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox.”