It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Doug Tait, a respected member of the Tweed angling community. Doug was known for his great sense of humour, often delivering witty one-liners that brought smiles to those around him.

 

Doug Tait

31st October 1957 - 11th February 2024

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of boatman Doug Tait, a respected member of the Tweed angling community. Doug was known for his great sense of humour, often delivering witty one-liners that brought smiles to those around him. His jovial spirit echoed along the riverbanks, leaving an indelible imprint on all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Peter Tait, a distinguished head boatman on Upper Floors beat, Doug discovered his passion for angling at an early age. His journey led him across the Tweed, where he served as a boatman from Melrose to Milne Graden before finding his dream job at Tweedmill in Coldstream.

Doug was a true countryman, his connection to the river and its surroundings was unmistakable. His beat opposite Tillmouth was meticulously tended to, a testament to his reverence for the river and its inhabitants. Beyond his technical skill, Doug was a true steward of the waters, ensuring their preservation for generations to come.

As Doug's reputation as the Go-To keeper flourished, he generously shared his knowledge and expertise with others along the riverbank. His willingness to impart wisdom endeared him to many, while his warm presence brought comfort and companionship to all who crossed his path.

Doug's love for angling was inseparable from his love for the outdoors. Whether wielding a rod, gun, or cigarette, he embraced the simple pleasures of country life with gusto. His absence will be keenly felt during boatman’s gatherings, where his laughter and camaraderie will be sorely missed.

Doug had eagerly anticipated retirement from full-time work at Tweedmill, looking forward to spending more time with his beloved wife, Lorraine, and their grandchildren. His legacy lives on in the hearts of his family, alongside his two sons and cherished grandchildren.

In memory of Doug, the family wishes to invite you to contribute to a cause close to his heart. Instead of flowers, they kindly ask for donations to be made to the Tweed Foundation educational program TweedStart.

As we bid farewell to Doug, we do so with heavy hearts, grateful for the joy and warmth he brought into our lives. His legacy as a mentor, friend, and guardian of the river will endure, a testament to a life well-lived and deeply loved.

Rest in peace, dear Doug, knowing that your laughter will forever resonate along the banks of the Tweed—a timeless tribute to the remarkable man we were privileged to call a friend.

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