Falkirk town centre to pay final respects to cobbler Alex

Traders, shopkeepers and shoppers will line the streets in Falkirk town centre next week as the funeral procession for a popular cobbler passes by his former shop.

By James Trimble
Friday, 7th May 2021, 11:06 am

Alex Lawson (58), who sadly died in his sleep on Monday, April 26, had been running his Master Cobbler business in Falkirk’s Newmarket Street for a number of years, but had been expertly plying his trade in the town since the 1980s, with shops in High Street and the famous In-shops in the Howgate Shopping Centre.

Chances are if you lived or worked in the Falkirk area over the last 40 years and you needed shoes repaired or a key cut, then you will have had the pleasure of meeting Alex.

Thomas Cuthell and Sons will be carrying out Alex’s funeral on Monday, May 10 and due to COVID-19 restrictions the funeral service will be private.

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The funeral procession for Alex Lawson will pass by his Master Cobbler shop in Newmarket Street, Falkirk on Monday afternoon

Those who wish to can view it by logging onto the Wesley Media webcast at 2.30pm on the day, giving the login details “94331” and the password “pbzfvcda”.

There will also be a public procession, which leaves Main Street, Redding, at 1.50pm, passing Alex’s Master Cobbler shop in Newmarket Street at around 2.10pm.

A Thomas Cuthell and Sons spokesperson stated: “At home on April 26, 2021, Alex (Eck) aged 58 years. A devoted husband of Sharon, beloved dad of Alexander, doting grandad of Alex and Aaron, brother of Anne, father in law of Amanda, and a sadly missed friend to many.”

A keen fisherman, Alex had been on a fishing trip with his son Alexander on the Sunday before his death and was in good health.

Alexander (36) said: “We went out fishing in Fort William on Sunday and he just didn’t wake up on Monday. He had been fine on the Sunday – it’s just one of these things.”

He said at the time he and mum Sharon were still in shock over the Alex’s sudden death and coming to terms with his loss.

Falkirk BID manager Elaine Grant said the business community was shocked by Alex’s death, stating it was a “sad loss of someone taken before their time”.