Strichen butcher, Bert Fowlie, sadly passed away last month, his business and family a reminder to future generations of the man.
Mr Fowlie was born in 1927 in Fraserburgh, lived most of his life in Strichen, the place where he chose to open his own business, Bert Fowlie’s, a family-owned, local butchers, which has since gone on to receive multiple awards and recognition for its produce.
Now operated by his only son, Hebbie, the name Bert Fowlie is sure to be remembered for some time to come, not least because the success of the business to which he gave his name.
Survived by his son, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Bert Fowlie had served his own apprenticeship in the Strichen store before choosing to own it in 1955, having spent time with Reuben Laing butchers in Aberdeen.
First Minister Alex Salmond, who attended the opening of the re-furbished butchers three years ago, and who lives in Strichen, spoke at Bert Fowlie’s funeral.
He said: “In 25 years representing this corner of Scotland I have been very fortunate in meeting some people who personify the very best of Buchan.Bert Fowlie was such a man.
“Bert believed in family, community and country and in that order.
“I was talking just yesterday to some visitors to the village. They had spent their childhood in Strichen. They were telling me how astonished and delighted they were to find the Lake so beautifully restored.
“When some 15 years ago Bert, Duncan Macintyre and a few others had a dream that they could make a garden out of a wilderness then few would have believed it to be possible.”
Bert Fowlie, a well respected and loved man, will be missed.