It was with a profound sense of shock and sadness that we learned on Monday 17 February of the death of the Reverend Donald Angus Maclennan. The lines that follow are not an official tribute, or obituary as others more qualified will supply those. These lines are simply the expression of love and condolence from Donald Angus and Rachael’s many friends in Harris.
Donald Angus and his dear wife Rachael were good friends of the congregation of Tarbert and are remembered with great love and affection by all of us here. This sadness is shared in our neighbouring congregation of Manish Scarista, where Donald also served as a tireless and popular locum. DA and Rachael were due to return to his native south Harris in June to the manse in Scarista for a month, and so this news was met with great sadness by our friends in South Harris.
Many of us in Tarbert remember with fondness, the deep impression that Donald and Rachael made during the time they spent here in the vacancy. During a difficult time for the congregation, D A and Rachael helped us, encouraged us, and kept us together. They inspired us, consoled us and made us laugh. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
Donald Angus Maclennan adorned the pulpit wherever he ministered, and in a long and faithful ministry served his Lord until the very end. His ministry took him first of all to the hills and bays of Uig Isle of Lewis in his first charge in 1975 in the Free Presbyterian church. From there he was called to the sprawling rural parish of Strath and Sleat Church of Scotland in the Isle of Skye. He ended his ministry with a long and blessed ministry in Kinloch Church of Scotland Isle of Lewis. Since retiring to Inverness DA and Rachael helped many vacant congregations in the Highlands and Islands. Anyone who ever met DA will remember well his great sense of humour, and unique chuckle. His dry and incisive wit often infused with apt scripture references lightened many a meeting of Presbytery as well as less formal occasions.
His life was devoted to and lived in the service of his Lord, and will surely receive the master’s commendation ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; …… enter thou into the joy of thy Lord’ (Matt 25:23)
In her sorrow, we prayerfully remember Rachael in the passing of her dear husband, and that she may continue to know the strength and support of the God they served so faithfully in these days.
We thank God for the many memories that remain with us of Donald Angus Maclennan. Never truer were the words of the Psalmist in Gaelic’ Gu dearbh cha tig aon ni am feasd len gluasair e gu mor: Ach cuimhne is iomradh math a-chaoidh bidh air an fhirean choir’ (Psalm 112:6).
The Funeral Service takes place on Thursday 27 February 2020 at 12.30pm in Dalneigh & Bona Parish Church, St Mary’s Avenue, Inverness, IV3 5AD with interment at Kilvean Cemetery.