Tributes to Mr Lochee – ‘one of the best’

Charlie Farquhar

A former lord provost who served the city of Dundee for 42 years has died aged 80.

“Mr Lochee” Charlie Farquhar retired from the local authority in 2007 and in recent years had suffered from ill health, including Parkinson’s.

During his tenure he also held the post of leisure and arts convener.

Former colleague and current lord provost Ian Borthwick paid tribute to him saying: “He was a passionate man who served the community for a long period. He represented his ward with distinction.

“He had a very close affinity with the people he represented.

“Unfortunately, he suffered illness for a number of years and left the council some time ago.

“Nevertheless, he achieved a high point of the position of lord provost and contributed to the city’s advancement.

“In many respects he was a rough diamond — he could be very forthright in his views — and I think people responded to that in a positive way.”

Serving as depute lord provost at the time of his retirement, Mr Farquhar represented the Lochee area throughout his 42-year council career, starting on the old Dundee Corporation, through the former Dundee District Council to Dundee City Council.

Speaking at his retirement, he said: “I have very much enjoyed my years as a councillor but now I will have some time for myself.

“The greatest satisfaction I got from being a councillor was being able to help people and, even after I have stood down, I still intend to work in the Lochee community on a voluntary basis.”

Mr Farquhar was also convener of the Tayside Fire and Rescue Board. He was awarded an OBE in 1999.

Councillor Richard McCready paid tribute saying: “I am proud to been involved in the refurbishment of The McManus that was started by Chic Farquhar.

“It was important to refurbish Dundee’s most popular building and to make sure it was able to display the art collection of the city and the heritage of the city as it does today. I am proud to have played a small part in that, along with others such as Bailie Chic Farquhar.”

Former city provost Mervyn Rolfe said: “R.I.P Chic. Often dubbed the Provost of Lochee. He devoted many long years’ loyal service to Dundee Labour Party and the Labour movement. He also had a great sense of fun. In the words of Dundee parlance ‘there’s no many o’ Chic in a dizen’.”

Former Dundee West MP Jim McGovern said: “Sad news. One of the best.”