Well known and much loved Caithness farmer, Addie Gunn died peacefully in Caithness General Hospital on August 20. He was 73.

His funeral, at Reay Church was attended by many and from far and wide, highlighting how popular this Caithness character was. Addie's two nieces, Isobell and Yardie spoke of their much loved uncle and the antics he got up to throughout his life, so there was many laughs and smiles during the service with everyone having their own personal memories – just how Addie would have wanted it.

A man who dedicated his life to his family and farming, Addie was born on December 8, 1944 at 10 Upper Dounreay. Middle child and only son of Angie and Bella, he was educated at Reay school.

Addie worked on the family farm alongside his father and married his wife Esther Henderson on November 11, 1974 with the couple making their home at Achiebeg Farm, Shebster. Latterly, they moved to 3 Upper Dounreay.

A keen stockman, his passion lay with North Country Cheviot sheep, his pedigree Dounreay Charolais herd and breeding show calves. He excelled with them all with some of his career highlights including being the first Cheviot breeder to win the Bravel Trophy. The Dounreay flcok was well known in its hay day for selling some of the top Cheviot ewe lambs, many of which went on to establish some of the top breeding flocks today, to include the late Queen Mother's flock at Longue.

Addie had the pleasure of meeting Prince Charles when he visited the farm at Dounreay that year, where the Prince also met his lovely blue heifer, Miss Perfect. Addie always said Prince Charles finally met his Miss Perfect at Dounreay.

The owner of the small Dounreay Charolais herd was as near to a hobby as Addie ever got and he excelled at that with his biggest achievement being the breeder of Dounreay Bomb, a former reserve intermediate champion in the old Perth Market, which later sold for 10,000gns to the Allanfauld and Corrie herds. Addie also sold stock bulls to the Ugie and Airdlin herds to name but a few. Not bad for a man with just six Charolais cows.

He loved breeding show calves and keenly supported the local shows from Latheron to the Black Isle, winning on many occasion. He was very proud to win the Thainstone Spectacular Calf Show with Endeavour, which then went on to win the Welsh Winter Fair.

Addie was also a very proud father to his four children and they have all succeeded. He was a devoted 'Papa' to Abbie and Sophie who were the twinkle in his eye. He was blessed to have a great circle of friends too who visited him regularly when his health started to suffer.

A collection at his funeral raised £1800 for local Dementia charities.

Addie is survived by his wife Esther, his daughters Tracey and Lynn and sons Angus and Andrew along with grand children Abbie and Sophie.

The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness shown to them since Addie's passing. It has been much appreciated.