Jim Flett was an Orkneyman, born on Flotta in a small croft, but spend almost his whole life in Aberdeenshire, his father moving to Aberdeen and eventually finidng employment at the Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works.
Jim left school at 15, and after various messenger boy jobs, became an office boy before becoming a full apprentice at the electricity works.
After an interruption for National Service in the RAF, Jim completed his apprenticeship and passed his HNC, but found the clerical work he was now doing to be rather mundane.
So he applied and joined the Hydro-Board College at Pitlochry, where he specialised in distribution work. After some experience in Stonehaven and Peterhead, Jim became assistant district engineer and settled in Fraserburgh, where he lived in the same house for the rest of his life.
Jim married Lena in 1954, and while he never had children, found many interests, there being very few things in Fraserburgh which Jim has not been involved in.
He joined the Round Table in the 50s, and the Rotary in 1975 - becoming it’s president in 1988/89. He also joined the Fraserburgh Photographic Society, contributing reports to the Fraserburgh Herald, for whom his words “zoom in” in the newspaper will be recalled by many.
Other organisations which he helped included the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the Heritage Society, the Glover Foundation, the Talking Herald, the Christmas Lights Group, and so on.
Lena sadly passed in 1999, but Jim continued to be involved in many local organisations. He will be missed by many.
The many groups that he had been involved in will remember him with warmth for his gentle and kind efforts on a much more personal level.
Jim had no pretensions, but he made something of himself, spending his whole life with time for others.
One Rotary motto is “Service Above Self,” and we can remember Jim and recognise that he did indeed put it into practice - in his whole life.