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Douglas Bruce, 77, named as grandfather killed in Turriff crash

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Image caption Douglas Bruce died in Thursday's crash

A man killed in a crash on an Aberdeenshire road has been named as a "wonderful" 77-year-old grandfather.

Douglas Bruce, from Turriff, died after the crash on the B9105 Turriff to Fintry road, about four miles from Turriff, on Thursday morning.

Mr Bruce was driving a blue Renault Clio which was in collision with a red Mercedes Sprinter van.

Relatives said in a statement through Police Scotland: "This has left a huge hole in our lives."

Speaking on behalf of the family, his wife Sheila Bruce said: "Douglas was originally from the Parkhill area near Dyce.

"After leaving school he joined the Navy where he had a 22-year career.

"We were married for more than 50 years and we moved around with his work but eventually settled in the Plymouth area. He was then offshore for 20 years and latterly worked in security.

"We have lived in the Turriff area for the last 23 years where Douglas was a well-known and liked member of the community.

"He enjoyed being with his family and friends and was the heart and soul of any party. He was a wonderful husband, very much a family man and adored his grandchildren. He lived life to the full."

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