Tributes flood in for tragic Danderhall grandad

Tributes have been paid to a Danderhall grandfather who died on Christmas Day after slipping on ice while doing a favour for an elderly neighbour.

Retired dock foreman Donald Husband (78) of Newton Church Road, fell and struck his head while crossing the street to deliver a parcel to a 91-year-old friend.

The widower never regained conscious and doctors told family that he was unlikely to recover. He was able to breathe again by himself a few days before Christmas, but he died on Christmas Day.

Kind-hearted Donald had for a number of years been keeping an eye out for a 91-year-old neighbour. Tragically, he was helping to deliver a parcel to the man when he slipped.

The pensioner’s daughter Cath Bennie, from Grangemouth, told the Advertiser: “It was added security and we were extremely grateful of all Donald did for the family.”

Cath’s husband Bill got to know Donald well over the years during weekly visits to Danderhall. He added: “Donald was what you would call an old-fashioned gentleman. He was a caring person and very helpful. It’s tragic that he was actually crossing the road to do a favour for Janette’s dad when he slipped. He will be sadly missed as he was a very well-respected man.”

Read full story in the January 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.