The townspeople of Newton Stewart were saddened and shocked by the death of a popular resident in an accident at Bargrennan Bridge on Christmas Eve.
Sixty-year-old Drew Adams, of Cairnsmore Avenue, was killed instantly after an incident involving machinery, when working for a logging company near Bargrennan.
Davie Carson on behalf of John Miller Ltd said: “Drew was a longstanding and valued employee of our company who will be very sorely missed by management, staff and customers alike. Drew had a huge personality and his knowledge of the industry was invaluable. Nothing was ever a problem to him and the many friends that he made was testament to his character. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
On social media tributes flooded in for Mr Adams. Claire Taylor said: “Thoughts with the family.” Simon Power posted: “My heart is with all affected by this terrible tragedy. I had the privilege of working with this gentleman.”
Gordon Hyslop added: “Great lad. Many a Friday night spent listening to Kippy and Drew wi’ the band”, Stevie Nicol commented: “Just can’t believe he has gone, one of the funniest men I ever met. Thoughts go out to his family and friends” and Jim Wilmer’s tribute was: “Such a sad loss of this great guy. My condolences to his family. What a loss to us all.”
Drew is well remembered in the area for playing for many years with his brother Chris in the local band Kippy and Co.
Chris said: “Drew wasn’t just my brother, he was also my best friend.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At 8.45am on December 24 police and emergency services attended an incident involving a trailer at Bargrennan Bridge. A 60-year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and police enquiries are continuing.”