Tayside and Central Scotland

Tribute paid to M90 crash victim Ian Pace

Ian Pace
Image caption Ian Pace was a married father and businessman from Stonehaven

Tributes have been paid to a father from Aberdeenshire who died in a road accident on the Edinburgh to Perth motorway.

Businessman Ian Pace, 46, of Stonehaven, died when his silver Porsche Carrera crashed onto its roof.

Tayside Police were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway of the M90 at 1845 BST on Wednesday.

Mr Pace's wife Alison said: "He was a loving father to our two lovely boys and my dearest friend and soul mate."

Mr Pace, the only occupant, died at the scene.

He was managing director of Aberdeen firm Oil States Industries, and had two sons, Scott, four, and eight-year-old Cameron.

Mrs Pace, who met her husband of 20 years when they were teenagers, added: "We are all numb from the shock and deeply saddened by the loss of Ian."

Highly respected

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."

Falkirk-born Mr Pace, who moved to Stonehaven in 1975, was said by friends to be well known for his rugby and boating.

The accident happened while he was returning from a business day trip to Bathgate.

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.

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