Alex Whiteford, who passed away recently, was born in 1926 at Carswell Farm, Neilston.

His school life started at Neilston Primary School, then to Allen Glen High School, in Glasgow. He also attended the Glasgow School of Art, but he was always destined to be a farmer.

He left school to work at home with his father and joined East Renfrewshire YFC, where he designed the club badge and held many post within the club. An enthusiastic participant in a range of activities, he won prizes for various competitions such as stack building, sheep shearing, turnip thinning by hand and stock judging.

Through Young Farmers, Alex met Margaret Steel, from Eaglesham, and they were married in June, 1951, making their home at West Carswell Farm, where daughter, Moira and son, John were born.

There, the family built up a herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows using bulls from Manrahead, Plaskett and Townhead. A keen stockman and judge, he showed at various shows, winning many first prizes and championships.

A memorable winner was Townhead Danny Boy, which won 14 championships and bred well for the herd. Alex loved his cows and his artistic side came to good use by painting name boards which were attached in the byre above each one.

Alex was also a former president of Inverclyde branch of NFUS; chairman of the local discussion society and became a director of Neilston Show in 1947, later the show president and latterly patron.

In 1980, Alex, Margaret and their son, John, plus daughter-in-law Anne, with baby Scott, moved to Over Kellie, in Fife. A few years later, he became an agent for Davidson's Animal Feeds, Agri-Lloyd and Scotmin Minerals.

He then set up his own business, OK Farm Feeds and in one of the farm sheds set up a unit to bag Davidson's feeding, which he then delivered to his customers in Fife and sometimes further afield in his own van.

Alex loved meeting and talking to people and every year at Fife Show he provided a great welcome at OK Farm Feeds tent.

He was also chairman of the local literary society and acted as compere at the village concert and moved props about in his van for Carnbee WRI when they were competing far and wide.

Sadly, ill health stopped him driving and in November, after a third stroke his speech was affected and he could not read or write. A month home from hospital, Covid-19 appeared and even his greatest friends could not visit him to keep his spirits up.

Alex will be sorely missed by all of the family, including four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.