TRIBUTES have been flooding in for Dave ‘Parro’ Findlay’ who has died at the age of 53.
News of the death of the Buckie Thistle football coach and community champion on Sunday has shocked the town.
Parro was the inspiration behind the Community Alert Dayat Buckie High School which brought together a lot of agencies to provide safety advice to pupils.
BCHS depute rector Moira Taylor spoke of the school’s devastation at the loss of a man who achieved so much for so many yet remained so humble.
"This is a huge loss to our community and our thoughts are with Parro’s family at this distressing time," she said.
"He drove the whole Community Alert Day forward, got it all up and running and then got the funding in place, too.
An electrician for Moray Council, it was his dedication and passion both for football and helping youngsters develop their talents in the game that gained him deep respect.
For many years he was synonymous with Buckie Thistle Football Development, working with a wide range of players from age P1 upwards. He was also instrumental in opening up local opportunities to girls to take their rightful place in the beautiful game, acting as an inspiration for many currently involved with Buckie Ladies FC.
Latterly, Mr Findlay moved into a youth coaching role with Buckie Thistle.
A statement issued by Buckie Thistle praised Mr Findlay for his dedication to the club and community.
"It is with much regret that we bring you the very sad news of the death of David ‘Parro’ Findlay. Parro has done so much for the community, Buckie Thistle Youths, girls’ football, disability football and, of course, a former manager of Buckie Rovers FC.
"Parro recently took up the position of Jags U20s manager and youth development; he will be very sadly missed by all in Buckie. Our thoughts go out to all his family at this sad time."
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