Mu­si­cian and store boss dies at 50

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - OBITUARIES -

Apop­u­lar mu­si­cian who lived in Aberdeen in the 1990s has died aged 50. Nor­val Bar­clay lost his bat­tle against brain can­cer af­ter fight­ing the dis­ease for two years.

He passed away at St Columba’s Hospice and is sur­vived by his wife Janet, 47, and daugh­ter Kyla, 12.

The ver­sa­tile singer lived in Aberdeen be­tween 1989 and 1995 where he worked as an as­sis­tant man­ager for Safe­way on King Street.

Dur­ing that time, he also lived in Broughty Ferry and the Isle of Man.

Best man and for­mer flat­mate Scott Gil­mour de­scribed him as a “big guy with a big per­son­al­ity”.

He said: “I’ve known Nor­val since Novem­ber 1990. I am orig­i­nally from Glas­gow and when I moved up here, I was in­tro­duced to him and I ended up stay­ing with him.

“We re­ally hit it off. So it’s tragic what has hap­pened to him. Peo­ple say that when some­one dies at a young age, but he didn’t de­serve that. He was al­ways in­volved in do­ing good.

“He loved help­ing peo­ple, mak­ing peo­ple laugh and en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple – he was very much a peo­ple per­son. I will never for­get him.”

Mr Bar­clay re­turned to his home town of Ed­in­burgh in 1995 to ful­fil his dream of be­ing a mu­si­cian.

He was praised for giv­ing up a good ca­reer to fol­low his heart and en­ter­tain peo­ple.

Mr Gil­mour added: “When he was di­ag­nosed he never moaned – he just got on with it.

“The last time I saw him was at his 50th in Au­gust and he was still smil­ing and joking.”

His fa­ther, Bill Bar­clay, is a pop­u­lar stand-up co­me­dian and for­mer DJ at Ra­dio Forth.

Adam Mor­ris knew Mr Bar­clay from the Ed­in­burgh mu­sic scene and said he in­her­ited quite a lot of his dad’s wit.

He added: “He was a strong in­di­vid­ual – he didn’t take any non­sense off peo­ple.”

Mr Bar­clay ran his own suc­cess­ful busi­ness, Bar­clay’s Beats, and was a life-long Hibs fan.

Mr Mor­ris said: “He was great at get­ting gigs set up and help­ing mu­si­cians, per­suad­ing pubs to put on live mu­sic.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple around Ed­in­burgh who owe their mu­si­cal ca­reer to Nor­val.”

Nor­val Bar­clay lived in Aberdeen in the 1990s

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