Prominent businessman dies at the age of 64

ONE of Berwick’s most prominent businessmen, David McLean, has died at the age of 64.

Born in November 1948, he started his plumbing and heating business in 1971 with his first wife, Audrey.

Over the years the business grew, and he moved increasingly into the building trade. Subsequently he changed the name to McLean Contracts Ltd and was one of the biggest employers in Berwick and the Borders.

David also bought and developed property and in 1982 he created a travel agency, McLean Travel, and had shops in Berwick, Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Galashiels. He sold the business to the Co-op in 1984.

In the early 1990s, when Berwick Rangers were going through a traumatic period, David stepped in and helped set up the Friends of Berwick Rangers.

Between February and June 1992 he became chairman of the club and helped avert the crisis. A minute’s silence in his memory was held before Saturday’s game against Montrose at Shielfield.

In 2005 David took early retirement from his construction business, and started up The Elizabethan Town House bed and breakfast in Sidey Court, Berwick, with his second wife Shirley.

David died the day after his 64th birthday and was buried at Berwick Cemetery on Monday following a service at Berwick Parish Church.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Sarah and son Michael. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Laura, Jamie, Olivia and Camille.