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Born in 1910, like his brother, Walter, Alec was also a Glasgow carpenter who came south looking for work.
Alec joined the Communist Party aged 25.
He was first married to Nancy with whom he had three children before being widowed and remarrying to Noreen.
An Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (later to become part of UCATT) shop steward and delegate to the union's conference, he twice won an election for a full-time officer's position but found his victory snatched away from him on technicalities arising from the machination of the union's right-wing.
Alec was a member of Birmingham Trades Council from 1938, later a member of its EC. A staunch Co-operator, he served on the Board of Directors of the local Co-op and was a delegated member of Birmingham City Council's Education Committee from 1954.
In later life he became clerk of works for Sandwell Borough Council and performed the same function for the Party during the course of the building of its new premises, the Key Books and later also the Star Club in Essex Street, Birmingham.
Alec served on the Midlands Party District Committee for 12 years and was a municipal candidate for the Party; he died in July 1991.
Source: Frank Watters' speech on the occasion of MDCP celebration of Alec McCollough's 65th birthday c. 1975; GS personal knowledge