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John MacEachan, Oban

One of the best known figures in the Oban Community and shinty circles in Argyll, John MacEachan, has died, John, who was in his late sixties, died on Sunday.

John had retired around three years ago after a distinguished career in the building industry as Sales Director with Keyline and then Bardens; he was extremely well-known and popular throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A man with a keen interest in a variety of sports, rugby, shinty and golf were the ones which took up most of his time and his commitment to all three knew no bounds, both as a participant and a supporter through his many fund-raising and other efforts. The local rugby club, the Macaulay Association, Oban Celtic Shinty Club and Glencruitten Golf Club will feel his passing immensely.

He was an accomplished musician and singer, and an even better cook who could turn his hand to all sorts of life-sustaining soups at the drop of a hat. Renowned for his hospitality in his Oban home and when entertaining far and wide, there were few people who could hold a candle to John MacEachan when it came to enjoying life.

Sadly, he finally succumbed to the illness which had slowed him down for the last nine months at the weekend and he will be sorely missed by many people, communities and interests. For all his battle with the illness, he still managed to attend events of interest such as last year’s Camanachd Cup Final.

The sympathy of the whole shinty community is extended to Marianne, their family of four sons and a daughter, and John’s own family where he was one of six.

There will be a Private Cremation for family members only on Friday 17th Feb.

The family are organising a celebration of John’s life to which everyone is invited in The Argyllshire Gathering Halls on Sunday 19th February at 2.30pm.

The family are requesting that attendees should not wear black, but treat this as a full celebration of John’s life.

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