Tributes have been paid to a “true gentleman” of the North-east darts community.
Ian Dick, a stalwart of the Aberdeen darts scene for more than three decades, passed away suddenly last week.
The 74-year-old from Cove won every honour in darts locally and played for a number of teams including the Swan Bar, Red Lion, Charlotte, Coopers and Double Two.
Aberdeen Darts Association paid tribute to Ian, who is survived by his two brothers Jack and Billy and his daughter Coleen.
Ian’s wife Maureen sadly passed away in 2011.
Committee member Graham Garden said: “I knew Ian for the past 10 years or so.
“I played darts in the Cove Rangers bar which was his local and he always came down and was interested in the darts going on.
“He some-times made a guest appear-ance when we played games against certain bars, when players from the 1970s and 1980s were still playing here at Cove.
“They always made a beeline for him and always had nothing but nice words to say about him. Ian was so friendly and was a true gentleman of the game.”
In his playing career Ian’s biggest achievement came when he won the Aberdeen singles title in 1977 when he was representing the Swan Bar.
The former bus driver and delivery driver was presented with a silver cutlery set for his win, which Coleen has to this day.
In 1979, Ian won the Aberdeen doubles title with his partner George Sinclair for the Swan Bar and went on to win the title again in 1986 with his friend Mike McDougall when they played for the Double Two team.
Graham added: “Ian did a lot for darts in Aberdeen, he has left a lasting legacy behind.
“He was a great guy and always had time for everyone – and always had a story.
“You always had to force it out of him as he was never one to be boastful.
“You had to ask him about certain games he played in, like one time in an exhibition match back in the day, he was the only player to beat darts legend Bobby George.”