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Sudden death of Jim Gilchrist

Former Scottish Life sales director Jim Gilchrist has died of a heart attack at the age of 63.

Gilchrist retired from Scottish Life in 2003 after 35 years with the company, joining in 1968 as a Glasgow branch manager. Known as one of the industry’s personalities, Gilchrist took a keen interest in financial services issues.

He recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife June and also leaves two daughters and a son.

He started his career in 1963 as a Scottish Widows’ clerk and then became an inspector in Fife for Standard Life before joining Scottish Life. After he retired from Scottish Life, he became a non-executive chairman of national IFA Clarkson Hill Group.

Gilchrist was a Conservative councillor in Murrayfield, Edinburgh for over 20 years and had considered standing for the Scottish Parliament.

Ex-Scottish Life International marketing director John Allison says: “Jim was one of the last remaining characters in the industry, always larger than life, and a great friend. He was the best sounding-board I knew for what was going on in the sector, never losing the knack of what will sell in the IFA community and he has to take a great deal of credit for Scottish Life’s current position.”

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