TRIBUTES have been paid to a Stonehaven man who died last week after his car overturned in heavy rain on a motorway.
Ian Pace, a 46 year-old father-of-two, was killed last Wednesday night when his silver Porsche Carrera collided with the crash barrier and overturned as he was driving north on the M90 near Perth.
Police, paramedics and members of Tayside Fire and Rescue were alerted by other motorists following the crash on Wednesday night.
Mr Pace, who was travelling alone, was found trapped in the vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
The accident happened while he was returning from a business day trip to Bathgate.
Mr Pace, who was managing director of Aberdeen firm Oil States Industries, was described by friends as a “devoted family man, top businessman and a great friend.”
He is survived by his wife Alison and two young sons, eight year-old Cameron and four year-old Scott. Alison said in a statement: He was a loving father to our two lovely boys and my dearest friend and soul mate.”
Mrs Pace, who met her husband 20 years ago when they were teenagers, added: “We are all numb from the shock and deeply saddened by the loss of Ian.”
Falkirk-born Mr Pace, who moved to Stonehaven in 1975, was said by friends to be well known for his rugby and boating.
Mr Pace devoted a lot of time to the Mackie Academy FP Rugby Club, where he played centre in the 1st XV for more than a decade before starting to sponsor the club as his business career took off.
Oil States colleague Neville Gall said: “Ian was a good friend to many that worked with him at Oil States.
“He was also a highly respected and capable business leader recently promoted to the role of UK managing director.
“All at Oil States are stunned by this news and our thoughts are very much with Ian’s wife and family at this very difficult time.”
The northbound M90 was closed for six hours while investigations were carried out by police.
Tayside Police, appealing for any witnesses to come forward, said the accident happened during poor weather conditions with heavy rain and surface water.