A Tribute to the Rev Roddy Mackinnon

A Tribute to the Rev Roddy Mackinnon

Rev Donald John Morrison pays tribute to the late Rev Roddy Mackinnon

It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of the Rev Roddy MacKinnon, Conon Bridge, in Raigmore Hospital on Saturday, 12th January, at the age of 90 years. After a short illness Roddy has gone to be with the Lord he loved and served so faithfully and  well.  He will be greatly missed and mourned by all who knew him and especially by  those of us who shared with him in the fellowship of the Gospel.

Rev Mackinnon was born and brought up in Bunavoneader and although he spent most of his life away from Harris he kept in regular touch with his relatives and friends here and was a frequent visitor to the island along with his devoted wife Margaret who supported him faithfully through the years of his ministry. He served as minister in Daliburgh, South Uist, and then in Logie Easter in the Presbytery of Ross.

Winter in Bunavoneader isle of Harris

Comfort and ease after retirement was not for him and so   he continued to serve the Church by often-and with delight!- acting as locum, and providing pulpit supply in many congregations throughout the North of Scotland and the Western Isles,  including our own congregation here in Tarbert. Roddy was proud to describe himself as ‘a son of the Tarbert  congregation’. He continued to have a special concern and affection for us and both he and Margaret were always welcome visitors.

It is fitting therefore that his funeral service, which will be conducted by his friend and colleague Rev Donald A. MacLennan, Inverness, will be held in the Tarbert Church of Scotland on Friday 18th January at 11am, with interment thereafter at Luskentyre cemetery. We, as a congegation, extend our love and deepest sympathy to his widow Margaret and family in their  sad loss. Precious unto the Lord is the death of His saints.

‘Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.’

Psalm 116:15
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