Grandfather and ‘loving husband’ killed by car honoured by the Queen

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Alexander Eric McArthur MBE, 86, was hit on the A9 at around 10.35pm on Friday July 2 near Killiecrankie, Perthshire. The pedestrian died at the scene, emergency services said.

Mr McArthur, known as Eric, leaves behind his wife of 50 years, six children and eight grandchildren, Daily Record reports.

The pensioner, from Dalmuir, West Dunbartonshire, was given an MBE earlier this year for his services to beekeeping.

Police continue to investigate the crash, which happened on the southbound carriageway in the southern tip of the Cairngorms National Park.

In a statement, Eric’s family said: “Eric was a loving husband and had been married for 50 years. He was a father to six children and a grandfather to eight.

“He was a lifelong scholar and championed many environmental causes throughout his life and was a globally renowned beekeeper. Earlier this year, Eric received an MBE for his lifelong services to beekeeping.

“Eric was a much loved father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by his friends and family. We would appreciate our privacy at this difficult time.”

Witnesses have been urged to come forward.

Sergeant Paul Taylor, of Perth road policing, said: “Our enquiries into the incident are continuing and I would ask anyone who saw what happened or who was driving in the area at the time, and has not yet spoken to officers, to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 4064 of July 2, 2021.

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