Alistair fought a brave battle with cancer and was a patient at Roxburghe House before his death on 14 November 2022, aged 72.

His company, agricultural and industrial supplier GP Smart & Son, is the main sponsor of Alford AFC and Alistair's grandson Scott Young is currently the club captain. 

His family said he died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family following an illness borne with great strength and positivity. They also said he will always be remembered for his strength and positive outlook and they are immensely proud of him.