A man who did great things for his town

Iain Ross Bryce PA1045-24m
Iain Ross Bryce PA1045-24m

Tributes have been paid to Iain Ross Bryce, one of Bridlington’s most prominent residents.

Mr Bryce, who lived in Cardigan Road, was a chartered accountant, well known for his work with the RNLI both locally and at national level and also as a leading Freemason. He died in Scarborough Hospital on June 30 aged 79.

Born in 1936 Mr Bryce went to Bridlington Grammar School where he would later become a school governor.

A keen tennis player in his younger years, he played at Bridlington Lawn Tennis Club in Bessingby and represented Bridlington in the Yorkshire League. He joined Bridlington Sea Scouts in 1947, becoming a cadet and then cadet captain. He had been a member of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club and of the Old Men’s Yacht Club for around 40 years.

Driffield solicitor Bruce Raper, also a Bridlington Harbour Commissioner, said: “Iain had been a close and loyal friend for all my life.

“He had a very kind nature and many people in Bridlington have received his help, most of them without knowing it and is a well-known figure in the town’s community.

“He did a great deal for Bridlington, mostly behind the scenes.”

After beginning his accountancy career in Bridlington and Driffield he rose to become the senior partner of the Hull office of Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest accountancy firms.

He was treasurer of Bridlington RNLI, then chairman and was president at the time of his death.

After national service with the army as a member of the Royal Engineers he gained his “wings” and later joined the Territorial Army serving from 1958 to 1979 rising to the rank of Colonel, one of only four in the country at that time.

A member of the Bridlington Bay Daylight Freemasons Lodge 9778, he was Provincial Grand Master for Yorkshire North and East Riding from 1984 to 1991 and Deputy Grand Master from 1991 to 2004. He was also a former Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Mr Bryce’s funeral was at Bridlington Priory on July 10. He is survived by his wife Janet, two daughters and four grandchildren.