An American businessman is helping to leave a lasting legacy for future generations to remember the district’s war dead.
Hugh McDade left Scotland for the United States over 40 years ago. But this week he was back in town to visit old friends and former haunts.
However, he also boosted the coffers of the Camelon War Memorial Project by making a “significant” donation which, along with other fundraising carried out this year, will allow work to begin on site in the coming weeks.
The new cenotaph will list the names of the people from the Camelon area who died in 20th century conflicts.
Being built at a cost of £85,000, the memorial will be located on a grassy area close to Lock 16 on the Forth and Clyde Canal bordered by Glenfuir Road and Port Downie.
The brainchild of Councillor Gerry Goldie, it has involved members of an enthusiastic committee who have taken the plans forward and researched the names of the war dead.
Mr McDade (72), who was born in Carmuirs Avenue, one of six boys and five girls, went to America in 1971 with wife Annie and daughter Victoria.
He regularly returns, but sadly six years ago Annie died in Stirling Royal Infirmary on one of their trips home.
Now living in Miami, he was back in Camelon with second wife Cindy when he heard about the war memorial project.
Visiting the site, he said: “I’m delighted to be giving something back to Scotland after all Scotland has given me. We’ve been very fortunate with our lives and I’m happy to help.”
Hugh’s family are becoming known for their philanthrophy locally. His brother Bart, who is involved in real estate in New York, provided help to give a sick Braes schoolgirl a holiday to Disneyworld in Florida.