Musician and store boss dies at 50
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