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Service remembers Everest climber
Rob Milne
Rob Milne was 1,200ft short of the summit when he collapsed
A memorial service has been held in Edinburgh to remember the life of a veteran climber who died while trying to ascend Mount Everest.

People attending the service for Rob Milne at Greyfriars Kirk were asked to give donations to Care for the Wild International instead of flowers.

The 49-year-old was 1,200ft short of the summit of the world's highest mountain when he collapsed and died.

Father-of-two Dr Milne was married to Valerie and lived in West Lothian.

Dr Milne's family decided his body should be left on the mountainside.

Mrs Milne said it was what her husband, who is believed to have had a heart attack, would have wanted.

To me, Rob was the guy down the corridor at work who gave advice and support and fought my corner, the guy who became a friend
Polly Purvis
Friend and colleague, Polly Purvis, who is an executive director at ScotlandIS, said in tribute: "The overwhelming impression of Rob Milne was of a man admired for his expert knowledge, initiative and cheerful optimism, but valued most of all as a friend.

"He will be missed by many people, on many continents, from many periods in his life as a colleague, software entrepreneur, family man, computer scientist, climber and mountaineer.

"The greatest loss must be his family's, for whom his untimely death is particularly hard."

She added: "To me, Rob was the guy down the corridor at work who gave advice and support, explained the technologies I didn't understand, helped me get my head round the business finances, gave me advice and fought my corner; the guy who became a friend."

Honorary degree

The US-born software consultant died while fulfilling his lifetime dream.

He was aiming to complete the Seven Summits - climbing the highest peaks of the seven continents - and had already conquered six.

Dr Milne was carrying a flag for Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University, which had given him an honorary degree.

He had planned to photograph the flag on the summit and have it returned for an official opening ceremony of the university's sports centre by Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell.

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