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The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths -

As mem­bers of the Gaelic So­ci­ety of Glas­gow con­vened for their first meet­ing of the ses­sion last month, they greatly missed one of their pop­u­lar mem­bers, An­gus John Macdon­ald.

An­gus John had been di­ag­nosed with Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease a year ago but had man­aged to stay at home un­til Au­gust, when he had to go into hospi­tal, and it was there that he passed away, aged 82.

An­gus John Archy Macdon­ald was born in Knock­line, Paible, North Uist, in 1933 and brought up there, but had the mis­for­tune to lose his mother, and then his fa­ther, when he was still at an early age.

A promis­ing pupil, he nev­er­the­less left school shortly af­ter that, and in due course the fam­ily of four sons and two daugh­ters was bro­ken up, and for a while some of them had no fixed home.

Later the young An­gus John made his way south, spend­ing some time in the Loth­i­ans but even­tu­ally set­tling in Glas­gow, where he had an aunt. Among his jobs at this time was that of a rail­way porter in the Scot­soun area.

An­gus John spent two years on Na­tional Ser­vice in the early 50s, and while it was no pic­nic, it may be that his abil­ity to cope with both the phys­i­cal and men­tal de­mands of the Army boosted his con­fi­dence.

He of­ten spoke of th­ese years, and of the relics of the Sec­ond World War that he saw in Libya – bro­ken tanks and other kinds of de­tri­tus left over from the fight­ing in the desert. Among the other places to which he was posted were Malta and the south of England.

He went back to the rail­way af­ter this, be­ing based at Gil­mour Street sta­tion in Pais­ley, and then work­ing as a sig­nal­man for sev­eral years on the main line to Glas­gow.

By then he had mar­ried Retta Pot­ter of Port Glas­gow, and while the mar­riage did not last, it yielded a son, An­gus James, who was with him at the end, as was his daugh­ter-in-law, Janet.

But by far the greater pro­por­tion of An­gus John’s work­ing life was given over to the Post Of­fice (as it later be­came), first as a post­man and later as a driver, mak­ing lo­cal de­liv­er­ies to be­gin with and later do­ing a nightly run be­tween Glas­gow and Perth.

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