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DEATHS
CLARK – Mr Robert ‘Robin’ Vaughan (FRCS), formerly consultant surgeon West Highland Hospital, Oban, Argyll, 1967-1986, died peacefully at Willow House Care Home, Cellardyke, Fife on Friday, April 24, 2020, aged 87 years. Robin, beloved husband of Marnie, much loved and loving father of Andrew, Alison, Ian and Catriona, loving father-in-law of Valerie, David, Shirley and Ian. Devoted grandfather to Claire, Kirsty, Mairi, Eilidh and Heather and great-grandfather to Lily and Maisie (born March 8, 2020). A family funeral will take place at the Dundee Crematorium on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and a celebration of Robin’s long and well lived life will be organised at Hope Park and Martyrs Church, St. Andrews when present circumstances allow.
DAY – Valerie Maureen (née Mercer), peacefully at home in Ardfern on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Much loved mother to Rory and Angus (died 1991); former wife to Chris (died 2018); wonderful grandmother to Rosie and Jamie. Private burial service at Craignish, with a celebration of her life to come later.
FACCENDA-HARRIS-CAIRNS – Jacqueline, aged 98, on April 2, 2020, peacefully in her sleep at Glenafton Care Home, Glasgow where she was well cared for. Wife of the late Charles Harris of the Highland Homespun Company, loving daughter of Joseph and Josephine Faccenda of the Rendezvous Cafe and Granite House, Fort William. Lived for many years in Kilmacolm with her late husband Leonard Cairns. Jacqueline had a full and healthy life and was well loved. She will leave a big void in the lives of those who survive, her daughter Vivien, son-in-law Kenneth, grandsons Charles and John and great-grandchildren Chloe, Joshua and Luca. RIP.
GARNETT – (Insch/Hornby). Peacefully, at Drumdarroch Care Home, Insch, on Friday, May 1, 2020, Pamela (née Smalley), aged 86 years, formerly of Accrington and Hornby, Lancashire, Isle of Coll, Argyll and Bute and Kinbroom House, Rothienorman. Loving mother, sister, aunt and good friend to many. Funeral private due to current restrictions.
MASON – Peacefully at home on April 29, 2020, aged 74 years, Robert Mason, loving husband of Christine, brother of Eric, Mabel and the late Sandra and John, brother-in-law of Jackie, Drew, David, Tricia and Maureen and a loving uncle. Now at peace after a long illness. Forever in our thoughts and sorely missed.
McCOARD – Ina (Alexanderina) McCoard née Ferguson, of Glasgow and North Uist. Ina sadly passed away at home on April 23, 2020 in her 91st year. She was the wife of the late Gordon, mother to Christine, granny to Andy and Ian, great-granny to Lauren, Freya and Isla and sister of Archie and Neil. Ina was a past Secretary of the Uist and Barra Association and served on the committee of An Comunn Gàidhealach for many years. A memorial service will be held on North Uist at a later date.
McQUEEN – Peacefully at home, on April 30, 2020, in her 79th year, Frances Mary née MacDonald, beloved wife of the late Fraser McQueen, much loved mother of Gael, Kenneth, Helen and Fraser, dear mother-in-law to Andrea and Irene, loving granny to Natalie, Lisa, Jamie, Steven, Daniel, Sam and Cameron, super-gran to Aidan and great-granny to Liam, Ryan and Kayla in Germany.
MONTGOMERY – Suddenly and unexpectedly, at home on April 28, 2020. Marlene, aged 66 years, Rob Roy Road, Kinlochleven. Much loved mum to Donnie and beloved wife of the late Kenneth. A private funeral service will take place on Wednesday, May 13 in Kinlochmore Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Arrangements by Manson & MacBeath, Fort William Tel: 01397 701110.
STITT – Peacefully at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness on Thursday, April 23, 2020, Brenda Stitt (née Stewart), aged 69 years, beloved wife of Willie, cherished mum of Jamie and Ross, devoted granny of Tyler, Imogen and Anna. Funeral service will be held in private on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Inverness Crematorium. A celebration will be held at a later date. Enquiries to Greenlees & Son, Kilmallie Road, Caol. Tel: 01397 719600.
THOMSON – Peacefully at her home on May 1, 2020, Marion Pauline Thomson, née Leitch, in her 85th year, of 24 Kilmartin, Argyll and formerly The Cairn Restaurant. Beloved wife of the late Ian Thomson. Adored mother of Gillian, Graeme and Amanda. Cherished nanny of Douglas, Kirsten, Louis, Ian, Tessa and Zoe. Much loved daughter of the late William and Ruby Leitch and dear sister of the late Burton Leitch. A good neighbour and very dear friend to many. Marion will be sadly missed by all who knew her. In line with current government restrictions a private family service will be held at Kilmartin Cemetery on Friday, May 8, 2020.
TONKIN – Mary Christine (née Folland). Peacefully, at Parkland House Home, Exeter on Sunday, April 26, 2020, in her 94th year, Mary Christine, widow of Fred, dearly loved cousin of Sheila Colquhoun or Terry, and second cousin of Frances at Crinan and Ross, Glasgow, daughter of the late Rody Ross of Ardtoe and Oban. Mary Christine herself of Oban after Plymouth blitz (Dux at Oban High). Deeply loved and missed by all successors of the late Jessie and Mary Ross.
WILSON – Peacefully at Erskine Park Home on April 26, 2020, following a long and determined battle with Alzheimer’s, Marion (née MacKenzie) beloved wife of the late John, devoted mum and mother-in-law of Jean and Drew, Andrew and Carol-Ann and adored nana of Callum, Fraser, Kenzie and Dean. A much loved sister of Morvern and the late Jessie and Hector and loved cousin and aunt. With grateful thanks for a life well lived, full of love and joy. At rest.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
DOW – David and all the family wish to thank sincerely, all relatives, friends and neighbours for the cards, letters, flowers, telephone calls and home baking following the sad loss of Marion. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful staff at Oban, Lorn and Islands Hospital, in particular the staff in Ward I. The staff at Wyndford Locks Care Home, Glasgow who looked after Marion so well in her last few weeks. Catriona and staff at Hamish Hoey & Son and the Reverend Tom Telfer for the lovely graveside service. Council staff and Petals of Oban for the beautiful flowers. Finally thank you to all those who kept us in their thoughts despite being unable to attend the funeral due to current restrictions. All family and friends will be invited to a memorial service to celebrate Marion’s life at a later date.

MEMORIAMS
CLARK – Thomas Goldie. Cherished memories of my dear uncle Tom, loved and loving brother of the late Alasdair, Effie and Mary and wonderful uncle, who died May 4, 2009.
“Loved, missed and remembered every day”.
– Mary and Bobby.
GROUNDWATER – In loving memory of Marie, dearly loved wife, mother and granny who died May 12, 2014.
Always in our thoughts.
– John and family.
MACDONALD – In loving memory of a darling son and brother Johnnie, who died May 12, 2014, also a dear husband and father Calum (Auch), died August 31, 1997.
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you shall remain
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.
– Your loving mum, sister Marie and brother-in-law Calum, Killin and Roybridge.
MACDONALD – Precious memories of my dear wife Marilyn and darling mother to Morven, William and Andrea, who passed away suddenly on May 10, 1998.
Always in our hearts and thoughts.
– Billy.
MACINTOSH – In loving memory of Margaret MacIntosh, née MacLennan, who passed away peacefully on May 4, 2019. Sorely missed wife of Alec, mother of Christine, Donna and Allison and nana of Chloe, Lydia and Ryan. Loved, cherished and remembered every day.
‘Goodness and mercy all my days shall surely follow me: And in God’s house forever more my dwelling place shall be’. Psalm 23.
MACPHEE – In memory of our dad Alexander (Sandy), who died at his home Coire-Leis, Camaghael on May 11, 1974.
To us you were so special
Someone good and true
You’ll never be forgotten dad
As we thought the world of you.
We miss you dad.
– Daughter Mary and family and son Alex and family.
McAFFER – Fondest memories of a dear uncle John, who passed away May 4, 2009. Also remembering a dear mother and granny Annie, who passed away May 15, 1990.
Loved and remembered every day.
– Dugie, Teen, Angela and Alexander.
SINCLAIR – Precious memories of our dear grandparents Donalda, who died March 21, 1985 and Duncan, who died May 6, 2003.
A tribute to grandparents so dear
So close to our hearts each day of the year
We will always have memories to cherish and hold
Of wonderful grandparents more precious than gold.
– Your loving grandchildren and all the family xxx
STEELE – Loving memories of our dad Ian, who died May 9, 1984.
– Morag and Alan.