Alistair Wilkie – sadly missed

We are sad to report the passing of Alistair Wilkie, who died on 11 November 2020 at the age of 56.

Alistair was born on 11 February 1964.  He lived at home until the age of two, after which he moved to East Fortune Hospital.  From there, he moved to the Hopetoun Unit in Haddington, before leaving for his own home in the community, at Potters Path in Tranent.

Alistair initially shared with Andrew, Katrina and Sandra, three of his friends from the Hopetoun Unit.  When his flatmates passed away, he moved to Balfour Square in Tranent, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Well-known in his community, Alistair was a regular in the crowd at Tranent Juniors’ matches.  He was also a familiar face at Tranent Bowling Club and he liked to cheer on his local teams.

A keen football fan, Alistair loved Hibs and had a season ticket for games at Easter Road.

A fun-loving man who enjoyed being out and about, Alistair was a big movie fan who went to the cinema every week.  He enjoyed socialising and was up for going to clubs, discos – or any social gathering.  At home, he liked spending time with his beloved cat, Poppy.

Alastair spent the last year of his life in hospital.  His support team were looking forward to his return home when he passed away suddenly.

Kylie Rankin, as Support Practitioner who worked closely with Alistair, said:

“Everyone will remember Alistair for his massive smile and cheeky laugh.  He was forever happy.”

When circumstances permit, Kylie and other members of Alistair’s support team plan to scatter his ashes at Musselburgh Harbour, a place he loved. Alistair liked to see the boats and to mix with visitors to the harbour.

Alastair was cheerful and warm individual who was held in high regard by everyone he met.  He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.

Thanks to Justine Anderson, Kylie Rankin, Richard Menzies, Louise Robertson and Jackie Stewart for their dedicated support for Alistair. 

Special thanks to Kylie for sharing her memories, and a lovely photo of Alistair.