Son tells of stumbling on dad’s crash scene

George Fairley was respected in Kirkliston
George Fairley was respected in Kirkliston
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A DEVASTATED son has revealed how he stumbled across the scene of a horror crash that claimed the life of his dad.

George Fairley, 78, described as “Mr Kirkliston”, died after he was knocked off his bike.

Last night, grief-stricken son Stewart revealed he knew instantly he had happened across the scene of his beloved father’s accident.

His worried mum, Effie, had sent him to look for George, concerned he had been out for too long on his bicycle.

Stewart said he was retracing the route he knew his dad would have taken when he came upon the accident scene.

He said: “I left the village and after around 200 yards saw the police cars. I spoke to one of the police officers and soon put two and two together.

“It’s so sudden and so tragic. We all still feel he’ll come back in the door any minute.

“He headed off on his bike as he had many times before, but this time he never came home.”

He added: “I looked up to him so much, he was such a well respected man locally.”

George was cycling on the B800 Kirkliston to South Queensferry road, on the outskirts of the city, when he collided with a black Mercedes A class car on Sunday.

The pensioner was wearing a cycle helmet and high visibility tabard when he was knocked from his silver mountain bike by the passing car at around 10am.

The pensioner was well-known in Kirkliston, having served as a local correspondent for the Linlithgow Gazette for many years.

He was also a past master of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482.

George, who is also survived by daughter Alison and four grandchildren, became right worshipful master of the lodge in 1991.

During his time he oversaw the lodge’s 125th anniversary in 1993, creating a series of three booklets to mark the occasion. In 1962, before joining Lodge Kirkliston Maitland, George was one of the founding members of Lodge St Andrew Livingston and went on to become master there in 1965-66.

Kirkliston Lodge secretary Murrie Thomson said: “George was recognised as a very active and very hard working member of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482.

“The thoughts of all the lodges he was involved with and, indeed, everyone in the wider masonic community are with all his family at this very sad time.”

Jack Shennan, who was editor of the Linlithgow Gazette from 2000-9, said of his former colleague: “George really was Mr Kirkliston. It’s sad to hear that he has died in such tragic circumstances.”

Police Scotland have renewed an appeal for witnesses.