Pitlochry crash: Tributes paid to pensioner with an MBE for beekeeping who died in fatal crash

Tributes have been paid to the victim of a fatal crash near Pitlochry who had received an MBE for his lifelong services to beekeeping just earlier this year.

Alexander Eric McArthur, known as Eric, from Dalmuir, was killed when he was struck by a heavy goods vehicle travelling south between Blair Atholl and Pitlochry at approximately 10.35pm on Friday.

Emergency services attended, but the 86-year-old died at the scene.

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Mr McArthur's family have issued the following statement after news of his death: “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.

Alexander Eric McArthur, known as Eric, from Dalmuir, was killed in a crash near Pitlochry picture: Police Scotland

“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.”

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