Optician is sad to report that optometrist Jim Beith passed away on February 24 aged 60 after a short battle with cancer.

Beith studied ophthalmic optics at Glasgow College of Technology from 1978 to 1982 and worked at Barnetts Opticians in Dunfermline and 20 20 Opticians in Edinburgh.

He later opened Morningside-based practice Eye Contact in Edinburgh before undertaking locum work around Scotland, particularly in Lothian and Fife.

David Quigley, fellow student from college and long term friend of Beith, said: ‘Wherever Jim practised he had a loyal following of patients and was always highly respected by his colleagues, many of whom benefitted from his clinical advice and trainee supervision.’

Beith lived in Edinburgh for most of his working life where he enjoyed the city’s entertainment culture, which he also took part in as a singer and multi-instrumentalist.

He travelled extensively, including rugby trips with friends from college who often sung renditions of the Skye Boat Song and John, I’m Only Dancing in restaurants and bars.

Quigley added: ‘Jim died in February after a short battle with cancer. He bore this terrible disease with the quiet dignity that was his hallmark. Jim, his wit, humour and roof-raising talent will be greatly missed by his family and numerous friends.’