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Neil “Nonny MacInnes, Oban Camanachd

It is with great sadness that the Oban Camanachd Club has to advise the shinty fraternity of the passing on Tuesday 28th March of Neil MacInnes at the age of 46, following a short but bravely fought illness.

“Nonny” as he was known to all who knew him was a colossal part of the Oban Camanachd Club during his life time not only as an outstanding player and then administrator but lately as a supporter. It is somewhat poignant to report that Nonny was in the stand supporting the OCC a week past Saturday in our game against Newtonmore and although very ill, it would be in his nature to rejoice that his last involvement with shinty was a win against such formidable opponents.

As mentioned Nonny was an outstanding player for Oban Camanachd and although a medal winner on many occasions his greatest triumph was to lead Oban Camanachd to victory as captain in the 1996 Camanachd Cup Final versus Kingussie. In addition to being and outstanding half back he was a natural born leader and on that day he led by example bringing his team back from an initial deficit of 2-0 to win 3-2. Few will forget his after dinner speech at Inverness Town Hall where “off the cuff” he gave a humorous and delightful winning captains speech.

Nonny won the Albert Smith Medal for “man of the match” on two occasions at Camanachd Cup Finals as well as a “man of the match” at a Macaulay Cup final. Nonny also featured in the Shinty/Hurling internationals.

The shinty world will be united in extending our sympathy to his wife Karen and daughters Kirsty and Jenna at this difficult time. Also in our thoughts are his mother Rhoda and his brothers Ian and Ally, Ally having played with him in the 1996 final.

The funeral is to be held at The Oban Parish Church, Glencruitten Road, Oban on Tuesday, 4th April at 1 p.m. Interment at Pennyfuir thereafter. Family flowers only.

Iain MacIntyre

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