Tributes have been paid this week to a “weel kent face” around Stonehaven, Ian Mackenzie, who died suddenly at the weekend aged 68.
Ian, who died on Saturday, was born in Aberdeen in January 1945.
He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, going on to complete a hotel management traineeship.
In 1966, he moved back north to take over as manager at the Bay Hotel in Stonehaven.
After the Bay closed in January 1968, he bought St Leonards Hotel in the town, which had previously been closed for a number of years.
Following the reopening in April 1969, he married his wife, Signa, and remained as the popular “mine host” at St Leonards for 19 years.
After selling St Leonards in 1988, he continued in the catering industry in the Aberdeen area until he settled at The Marcliffe at Pitfodels where he enjoyed his position as a senior manager until his retirement in 2011.
Throughout his career, and while running his various businesses, Ian was involved in the community in many ways.
He was a past president of Stonehaven Rotary Club, a member of the Unionist Club and became honorary secretary of the local inshore lifeboat.
After his retirement he became a member of the Stonehaven Probus Club.
Ian had a passion for his outdoor pursuits of salmon fishing, especially on the River Dee, and also grouse and pheasant shooting, the latter remaining a keen hobby in retirement.
He is survived by Signa, daughters Anna, Jillian and Helena, seven grandchildren and his elder sister, Marjory.