He was a determined, stubborn and “thrawn” fisherman who made a massive contribution to his community.
And Eric Duncan, who has died aged 88, will always be remembered by his family and friends as a man who would do anything for anyone.
Eric, from East Haven, was one of a family of well-known fishermen in the community in which he was born and grew up. He had six brothers and one sister, and four of his siblings are still alive.
Today, family and friends said Eric would be remembered for his major contributions to the local community and for keeping alive an older way of life.
Tributes have been flooding in for the man who, among other things, was behind the bridge built to cross the “Coo’s Burn” at the beach in East Haven.
A time-served joiner, Eric also built small boats.
He built a house in the village at No 7 Tankerville, and lived in a number of homes before eventually settling in the property he grew up in at 1 Shore Terrace – which he called “Eric’s Croft” – so he could be beside his beloved boats.
A white clinker vessel which sits near the property was one of his creations.
In later life, Eric held the Tay Fisheries Salmon Licence which gave him sole fishing rights between Carnoustie and Elliot at Arbroath.
His younger brother Fred, 82, from Carnoustie, paid his own tribute to Eric, who he described as a stalwart of the community, and said his brother had been ill for some time.
He added: “He was a very keen salmon fisherman and also fished for a time in the Moray Firth, where he also built several boats.
“Eric could be determined and thrawn and sometimes stubborn, but he was always very welcoming and played a major role in the local community.
“He was a real adventurer and also a collector of boats and tractors, which he loved.”
A tribute on social media from the East Haven community said: “Eric remained heavily involved in everything that was happening in the community.
“In the 1990s he built a bridge to enable people to cross the ‘Coo’s Burn’ when walking north along the beach.
“Following its accidental removal in 2012 during the construction of the coastal path, a new bridge was built by residents to replace the much-loved landmark.
“It was named after Eric who declared it officially open during a ceremony in October 2013.
“He was able to participate in many of the East Haven 800 celebrations and was very well known.
“We are sad at his loss but are very grateful for his many contributions to East Haven.”
Eric’s wife Cathy and his sons Alan and Steve all predeceased him.
He is survived by his two daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.
Fred said that, at Eric’s own request, his funeral at Parkgrove Crematorium on Friday would be private.
He added: “Perhaps at some time in the future we will consider organising a memorial for Eric down at the waterfront at East Haven.”