Well known in the Burns Supper circuit for his performances, Hector also took up important positions in local government with Millport Town Council, and counted Cumbrae as his spiritual home. He was in his late 80s.
In a tribute to her dad, Jean Kerr said: "My father was a very special man. From his piercing whistle going up and down tenement stairs, shouting "Fruits! Vegetables! to his strong passionate renditions of Burns and other poems, I loved and respected him very much. He had strong views on many things and could rarely be moved from them. Cumbrae was his actual and spiritual home, and he worked tirelessly all his life for the good of the island."