Tait, or Jackie as he was known, was born on a Sunday, the 27th
March 1938, in Bellshill hospital he passed away at home in Ayr, on the
29th March 2011. Jackie was two days past his 73rd
birthday. Jackie’s earliest days were in Newton, and he was
always a proud Newton man. He was the son of Agnes and Matha and the
older brother of Elizabeth and Matthew.The family home was in 36 Dunlop
Street in Newton, and Jackie attended Hallside and Gateside schools.
The bulk of Jackie’s working life was as a steelman in Redpath’s, where
for most of the time he was a foreman plater. He was well respected by
all the workers and made sure that they got good deals when leaving the
steelworks and although a foreman, he was foremost a working man, and
someone all the men trusted and looked up to all his days.
at Gateside school that Jackie met Marion Hardie,
they were married in the Manse in
Cambuslang, near the railway station on the 1st December
1956. Originally Marion and Jackie lived with Marion’s Mum in Rosebank
Drive, and it was to that house that Eileen was born in 1958. The Tait
family were completed in 1963 with the arrival of Angela.
Jackie is remembered as simply a smashing man, as someone who was
plainspoken – who would take it upon himself to help family members and
indeed he was always there to help anyone in need.