Dev­as­tated by sud­den deaths

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO sud­den deaths on Mull at the week­end saw the pass­ing of two well-re­spected is­lan­ders.

Bert Leitch, a much-loved farmer, known for his hats, hu­mour and un­fail­ing sup­port of farm­ing and ru­ral life on the is­land, and who had bat­tled can­cer in re­cent months, died on Fri­day evening.

As well as be­ing a past re­gional chair­man for Ar­gyll and Is­lands NFU, he was a very ac­tive Scot­land mem­ber for many years, hold­ing sev­eral roles.

But it will be for Bert’s real care of the land and the peo­ple on it that he will be re­mem­bered for most of all.

Keith Drake, who also died at the week­end, es­tab­lished the Tober­mory Cho­co­late Com­pany with his wife, Rhoda.

Be­tween them, they turned it into one of the first pro­fes­sional cho­co­late shops in Scot­land.

Full of fun, Keith had the abil­ity to con­coct some of the best choco­lates sold through­out the is­lands.

He had been suf­fer­ing from a long-term ill­ness when he died, aged 60, over the week­end.

The fu­neral ar­range­ments for both men have yet to be an­nounced.

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