Tributes to North-east lifeboat chief and former rector

Iain Rankin, a community Stalwart for Fraserburgh has died following a short illness.

Tributes have been paid to a North-east community stalwart and lifeboat chairman.

John Rankin, 76, who was known as Iain, passed away peacefully at hospital in Fraserburgh on Tuesday after being diagnosed with cancer three months ago.

His colleagues at the Fraserburgh RNLI Lifeboat Station have paid tribute to Mr Rankin who served as the organisation’s chairman.

The former Fraserburgh Academy rector was involved in a number of community organisations in the Broch for more than 30 years after moving to the area in 1980.

Vic Sutherland, coxswain at RNLI Fraserburgh, said: “We heard on Tuesday morning that Iain had passed away.

“We knew he had been ill the past couple of weeks and while we were expecting the news it still came as a shock to us all here.

“Iain has been involved with the lifeboat for 30 years and spent his time serving the Broch community ever since.

“He was a very private man and was always speaking to others and seeing how he could help.

“Iain will be sorely missed by all the community groups he was involved with.

“He was invaluable at giving me advice, not just about the lifeboat station but in personal matters too.

“The response we have had from people the last 24 hours has been incredible. I think Iain would be pleased to hear how highly he was thought of in the Broch community.”

Mr Rankin retired from his post at Fraserburgh Academy in 1999 and dedicated more time to local organisations.

He was heavily involved with the Scouts in the region serving in a range of roles that included Scout leader and area commissioner, and represented the Scouts on the Fraserburgh Blue Light Festival Committee.

With a keen interest in history, he also served on the Fraserburgh Heritage Society as well as becoming a committee member, chairman, trustee and Honorary President of the Buchan Heritage Society.