Tributes to pensioner who died after being found outside local Tesco

Andy Walker

Tributes have been paid to a pensioner who has died in hospital after being found collapsed outside a local Tesco store.

Andy Walker, 70, was found unconscious outside the supermarket’s South Street branch in Perth on January 26.

He was taken to Perth Royal Infirmary for treatment, but his death was confirmed by police earlier this week.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Mr Walker, who was well known in Perth, has been described as a “lovely person” who took care of his appearance.

He formerly managed a bed and breakfast establishment but, for the past 15 years, had been living in accommodation for the homeless.

Brian Cowie, chief executive of Churches Action For The Homeless (CATH), said: “Andy was supported by us at various times.

“He was known to us for more than 15 years and worked as a volunteer at our charity shop in Perth.

Andy Walker died just over a week after he was discovered unconscious outside a Tesco store in Perth.

“Andy was so well dressed when he worked in the shop.

“In fact, he was better dressed than many of the staff.

“He was well known to all at CATH and lived in homeless accommodation.

“Latterly, he was residing in homeless accommodation we provide at Tayview House in Shore Road.”

Eddie Nelson, manager of the CATH day centre in Perth, also paid tribute to Mr Walker.

He said: “I knew Andy for 12 years and he was never any bother.

“On his good days, he was the nicest, most polite man you could ever wish to meet.

“He had his ups and downs, but never took anything for granted.

“Andy was a lovely person and I felt the spiritual side he had helped him.

“He will be missed by us all.”

Mr Walker attended services at the Church of the Nazarene.

The church’s minister, the Rev. Jim Ritchie, said: “I am really sad to hear about Andy’s tragic passing.

“He was a regular attender at our church and an enthusiastic helper in our various ministries.

“Andy was loved by many and will be greatly missed.”