Vil­lage mourns John Mathe­son

The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths -

THE DEATH of John Mathe­son, of 5 Ca­mus an Arb­hair, Plock­ton, at the High­land Hos­pice, In­ver­ness, on June 12, cast a gloom over the vil­lage and sad­dened his many friends.

He was 79-years- old. He had been at the hos­pice for only three weeks af­ter a long bat­tle at home with can­cer, which he en­dured with for­ti­tude and good hu­mour.

John was born in Plock­ton, the youngest son of Wil­lie and Jessie Mathe­son, of 8 Har­bour Street. He was a bril­liant scholar at Plock­ton School and in 1955 he went to col­lege in Pais­ley where he got his qual­i­fi­ca­tion in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

In 1960, he was ap­pointed the first en­gi­neer­ing as­sis­tant with the South of Scot­land Elec­tric­ity Board. In 1962, he went to Manch­ester for in­dus­trial train­ing, be­fore mov­ing to Glas­gow and then to Oban in 1964 as a dis­tri­bu­tion en­gi­neer. A few years later he was ap­pointed dis­tri­bu­tion en­gi­neer in Ding­wall and lived in Muir of Ord. He re­tired in 1992 and came back to live in Plock­ton.

John mar­ried June, a Plock­ton girl, on June 12, 1965. The day he died was their 52nd an­niver­sary. They had three chil­dren, Jane, Dou­glas and Bar­bara.

In his younger days at Plock­ton, John en­joyed sail­ing, win­ning of the first Raga­muf­fin Cup with An­gus Gil­lies. He also played foot­ball and golf.

John sang solo at the Mòd and also was a mem­ber of the Ding­wall and the Strath Gaelic Choir. He was a mem­ber of the orig­i­nal Is­lan­der Folk Group along with Bert Stir­ling, John Tytler and Alick Aitken.

He also loved fish­ing and gar­den­ing and was a sup­porter of Hibs and Ross County.

He was a mem­ber of Plock­ton and District Com­mu­nity Coun­cil for a few years and also a reg­u­lar at­ten­der at the Church of Scot­land.

The church at Plock­ton was packed with more than 200 peo­ple at the fu­neral ser­vice con­ducted by the Rev Rod­die Rankin, with or­gan­ist Cather­ine Will. Piper Ruari Fin­layson led the cortege and also played at the grave­side at Bal­macara Ceme­tery. The col­lec­tion was do­nated to Macmil­lan Nurses and the High­land Hos­pice.

John was loved by young and old and Plock­ton is a poorer place with his pass­ing.

Sym­pa­thy is ex­pressed to June, son Dou­glas in Lairg, and daugh­ters Jane (Mrs Stir­ling in Ch­ester) and Bar­bara (Mrs McArthur in In­ver­ness) and also to seven grand­chil­dren and four great-grand­chil­dren.

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