Tributes paid to Galashiels chef and “gentle soul” after body find in Edinburgh

Tributes have been shared this week to a Galashiels man whose body was found in Edinburgh eight days after he was reported missing.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 3:40 pm
Bob Cochrane.

A widespread search for Bob Cochrane got under way after he was last seen on Thursday, January 2, leaving Edinburgh’s Waverley train station carrying a rucksack.

The 37-year-old’s disappearance was described as “uncharacteristic” by worried friends, family and his colleagues at the Salmon Inn, Galashiels, where Bob worked as chef for the past 17 years.

Police this week confirmed that a body of a man found at Salisbury Crags, surrounding Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh had been found on Friday, January 10, was that of Mr Cochrane.

His colleagues at family-run pub the Salmon Inn broke the news to their followers on social media saying; “It’s with a heavy heart that we sadly have to inform you all that Bob was found deceased this morning.

“We as a family are heartbroken and would ask for some privacy at this time.”

Mr Cochrane’s Facebook page has since been turned into a place of remembrance, filled with memories and condolences from friends.

Robert’s brother Charles Cochrane said: “We love you Robert and you will be greatly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to meet you.

“I was proud to call you my brother and we will celebrate all the memories an laughs you left behind in true Bob style.”

Natalie McMurdo wrote: “Rest easy Bob, one of the nicest guys I have met. Such a kind and gentle soul.

“We had some good times, memories I’ll treasure. I hope you’re in a better place .”

Linzi Mitchell said: “Bob, you will be truly missed by so many. Thank God we have all of these wonderful memories to remember you by.

“The Salmon will never be the same again.”

Friend ‎Calum Smith‎ said: “You have been my best friend since we were around 19. We had lots and lots of amazing times together and you were more like a brother to me.

“I could turn to you for anything. I’m absolutely heartbroken that we could not fix this for you mate and hope you are in a better place now.

“You will always have a big place in my heart. Rest easy brother. Til we meet again.”

Lewis Robertson ‎added: “Bob was one of the most genuine nicest people I’ve ever met. He taught me so much in the kitchen and outside.

“I’ll never forgot those times and what you have done for me. You’ll be sadly missed.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland were called to Salisbury Crags in Edinburgh shortly after 10.35am on Friday, January 10, after the body of a man was found in the area.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
He added that Mr Cochrane’s family had been made aware of the discovery.