A Tribute to Bill Kenyon
A tribute to the late Mr Bill Kenyon from the Kirk Session written by our Session Clerk Rev Donald John Morrison.
The news that our esteemed and much-loved elder Bill Kenyon had passed away in Harris House on Wednesday evening 26th August at the age of 94 years was received with much sadness not only by our congregation but throughout the wider community in Harris.
Bill and his wife Maggie moved to Tarbert from Glasgow in 1957 and was firstly manager of the local Co-op store and later its proprietor as Caberfeidh Stores, in which roles he was highly regarded as both employee and employer and a man in whose integrity and business dealings the public could put their total trust.
It was however as a member and office-bearer in the Tarbert Church of Scotland that Bill was best known. He was an elder for over 47 years, Sunday School teacher, leader of praise and worship leader on many occasions in the church and elsewhere, and his words of sound advice and wise counsel were always valued in the courts of the church. Bill took his pastoral duties as an elder seriously and even when well up in years he continued his practice of visiting the elderly and housebound, especially those who had been his neighbours in West Tarbert.
Bill often spoke in his prayers with gratitude for those who had been witnesses to him on his life’s journey but he himself was a bright witness for his Saviour in the community and his warm Christ-like faith was an example to many of us in our young days. In addition to his service in the church, Bill played an important part in the affairs of the community, serving diligently on many of our voluntary organisations. Being interested in sport, he actively supported and assisted the participation of our young people in sporting activities, especially football, and often provided transport to Stornoway for those taking part in competitions.That willingness to help, of course, was only one of Bill’s many attractive and congenial qualities which helped to endear him to young and old alike.
In our morning Zoom service on Sunday, 30th August, our minister paid fulsome tribute to Bill’s life, witness and service, saying that these verses in 2 Timothy 4 could aptly be applied to Bill “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness”. Bill Kenyon will be missed and mourned, but we do not sorrow as those who have no hope knowing that he is now in the nearer presence of the Saviour whom he loved and served so faithfully, and at whose right hand there are pleasures evermore.
We extend our deepest sympathies once again to his mourning family, sons Bobby, Campbell and Willie, daughters Alison and Mairi, their spouses and children, not forgetting Bill’s aged sisters Grace and Violet in Glasgow. They can look back with gratitude for a life well spent and for one who will be held in fond remembrance by so many.