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Alister MacAlister, who was due to stand in the Dunoon ward during this May’s council elections, passed away this morning, March 30 2012.
It is understood that the SNP candidate had been seriously ill for some time, having battled back from a number of setbacks in recent years.
Mr MacAlister was 81 and had previously served as the councillor for Dunoon on Argyll and Bute Council.
A spokesperson for the SNP said: ‘It is with great sadness the SNP group announces the death of Alister MacAlister. ‘He was determined to stand in this election despite the fact he’d been seriously ill for some time.’
He is survived by his wife and children.