TRIBUTES have been paid to two veterans of Prestonpans Royal British Legion branch who have passed away.

Chairman of the branch Edward O’Connor died on May 4, at Tranent Care Home, where he was being cared for after suffering a minor stroke.

Mr O’Connor, 78, was described by branch secretary Andrew Davie as an active member who was always involved in various functions in the club, often officiating in sports and competitions such as golf, bowling, fishing, dominoes and darts.

Mr Davie said Mr O’Connor had also been the first to join a recently created area of the British Legion, Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders. He carried out his duties as chairman all over Scotland representing the new area.

Mr Davie said: “He will be missed by all the members, as he was always in the club. His long service in the RAF, home and abroad will be remembered.”

Mr O’Connor leaves one daughter, Sharon.

The branch also lost management committee member Alistair Marshall in March.

Mr Marshall was well known for collecting thousands of pounds for Poppyscotland and acting as standard bearer for the Royal British Legion (RBL) at ceremonial events.

Mr Marshall, who was 80, served in the Royal Engineers.

Mr Davie said: “Alistair was involved in doing many things when on the committee. As a dedicated doorman at the weekend he made sure everybody behaved themselves. At other events he was a collector for Poppyscotland, especially during Armistice Remembrance, raising many thousands of pounds.

“He was also a standard bearer, carrying out his duties at ceremonial events for RBL and at the passing away of our many comrades, at the graveside and crematoriums.

“To his wife Sylvia and stepchildren Karen and Bob, we send our deepest sympathy. He will be sadly missed by all his comrades.”