Tributes paid to North Berwick man

SBBN North Berwick man Robert Burgess remembered by family
SBBN North Berwick man Robert Burgess remembered by family

The family and colleagues of an East Lothian man who lost his life in a road traffic collision at the weekend have paid tribute to the 31-year-old.

Robert Burgess died after his Yamaha motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Nissan Note on Dirleton Avenue, North Berwick, shortly before 11:30am on Saturday (Jan 23).

Today, his family issued the following statement: “Robert was a loving and caring son who will be sadly missed by friends and family.

“His untimely passing has rocked us all and we are in a state of shock as we come to terms with what has happened.

“Robert always gave his all in anything he did including working as a retained firefighter, which he loved. He was also a keen motorcyclist and had a wide circle of friends.

“His loss has left us devastated and we ask for peace to grieve at this very difficult time.”

Local Senior Officer for Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders, Alasdair Perry, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague Robert Burgess. Robert served with the retained crew at North Berwick Fire Station in East Lothian and was a popular and much respected firefighter who was dedicated to serving his community.

“He was a dear member of the fire and rescue service family and will be very much missed.

“Our thoughts are with all of Robert’s family and friends at this very sad time.”