My Grandad, Jim Harley by Ed

There was a nice piece in the Edinburgh News today about my Grandad. He passed away over the Christmas Holidays.

Tributes as ‘concierge to the stars’ dies at 77

TRIBUTES were today paid to a former concierge to the stars who has died at the age of 77.

Jim Harley, who assisted Hollywood legends such as Marlene Dietrich and Rex Harrison during his 39-year career at the city’s George Hotel in George Street, passed away suddenly at his Portobello home.

Mr Harley’s widow Betty today remembered him for his great sense of humour.

The 76-year-old, from Harbour Place, said: Jim was a man of few words but he was a good man.

He always took a lot of pride in his work and I think that many of the guests at the George appreciated him because he was so conscientious.

She added: His death was very unexpected but we can take comfort in the fact that he died peacefully. We will all miss him very much.

The pair met at the Edinburgh Palais on Fountainbridge in 1947 and married two years later.

They stayed on Cochrane Terrace in the Bellevue area of the Capital for about 45 years before moving to Portobello in 1994.

Mr Harley is survived by children James, 54, Liz, 53, and Frances, 51. He also had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Speaking at the time of his retirement in 1991, Mr Harley revealed the key to his longevity at the George. Be nice to them and you’ll find that everyone’s nice to you, he said.

A funeral service is set to be held at 10am tomorrow at the Seafield Crematorium.