To say Jimmy Hope was “well kent” in and around the port town of Grangemouth would be a major understatement.
Jimmy, who sadly died in Forth Valley Royal Hospital on October 28 aged 86, was a familiar face in his roles with Grangemouth Children’s Day committee and Grangemouth Heritage Trust later in life.
But his popularity and local fame were built up through his years working in a butchers, driving his greengrocer’s van, working at BP as a process chemical operator and serving as a district councillor.
Born in 1928 in Canal Street, in Grangemouth Old Town, Jimmy attended Zetland School and then went straight to work as a trainee butcher before being called up for his National Service with the RAF.
He married wife Evelyn on February 26, 1954, and the couple spent the next half century together raising three children - Linda (59), Jim (56) and Lisa (39) - and being blessed with eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, two-year-old Aaron.
A community champion if ever there was one, after taking early retirement from BP Jimmy gave up his free time to help vital groups like the Children’s Day committee and the Heritage Trust, where he could be found with fellow volunteers passing on his knowledge of the town’s past to everyone from school pupils to grateful local newspaper reporters.
Violet Cook, secretary of Grangemouth Children’s Day, said Jimmy, who served as president, vice president and catering manager for the Children’s Day committee, would be much missed.
“He was on the committee for 50 years and he lived for the Children’s Day and loved the tradition of it. He was a councillor at one time and worked hard for the community. Then he became a member of the committee and worked hard for the children of the town.
“At his funeral his wish was for a collection to be taken for the Children’s Day - that shows how much he thought of them - and we raised £442.
Jimmy’s funeral took place at the Kirk of the Holy Rood, Bowhouse Road, on Monday and was well attended, showing how loved he was and how much he will be missed.