“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John (Ian) Miller, former employee, Director and East Regional Committee member earlier this week. John passed away suddenly, aged 72.
“Known as John to his friends and colleagues at Scotmid, he served the Society both as an employee and as a democratically elected member. He was Manager at our Penicuik non-food branch for 15 years before starting his own carpet business and went on to serve on the democratic side of the Society, representing Members in our East Region for 17 years and then the Board for 9 years. It is very sad that John passed away so soon after retiring from our Board and East Regional Committee at the Society’s AGM in September.
“John was widely known and respected within the co-operative movement and in his local community. It is difficult to quantify the contribution which he made both to Scotmid and the cooperative movement over many years. He represented the Society on a wide range of Boards and Committees over the years and was a founding member of Fairtrade Midlothian. He was a true gentlemen with a firm belief in co-operation and the benefits of the co-operative movement and would champion these at every occasion.
“John will be sorely missed by all at Scotmid and our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this very sad time.”