TRIBUTES have been paid as a popular Ballingry man was laid to rest on Thursday.

James (Jim) Christie passed away peacefully at the age of 74 on September 15 in the presence of his family.

The funeral service took place at St Serfs Church and thereafter Ballingry Cemetery.

Originally from the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy, Jim completed his apprenticeship and worked as a painter and decorator for firms such as Nicholsons, AT Rolland and Rosyth Royal Dockyard.

He then changed professions and worked at the Tullis Russell paper mill in Markinch.

A keen amateur artist and local historian, Jim retired in 2012.

He married Christine in July 1971, they had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and they had two children, Karen and Mark. 

Jim was also a father-in-law of Alex, a dearly loved grandad to Reece,a much loved brother to Linda, Grant and the late Mary, a dear brother-in-law and good friend to many.

A tribute was posted by Tom Kinnaird, who said Jim made huge contributions to the area and will be missed.

It read: “Jim was a great man, a friend to many who made huge contributions to his community in the community council, the Benarty Heritage Preservation Group and the Community Shop to name a few.

“Rest in peace Jim, you will be sorely missed.”

And on our Facebook page Kevin Payne said: "Jim was a brilliant man and will be a huge loss to the Benarty community."

Michael O'Hare added: "Always had time for a chat, and always helped out at local groups. Will be a huge loss."