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David MacMillan, Inverness Shinty Club

Davie McMillan, far right, rear back row, where he loved to be. Pictured at the Bught Park Sixes 1987 along with several other shinty legends.

David MacMillan, Inverness Shinty Club

Inverness shinty club has lost one of its best-known characters of recent years with the sudden passing of  David McMillan who was taken ill suddenly on May 5, aged 78. Davie, as he was best known to everyone around the Bught Park and far beyond, was originally from the Central Belt and brought up in Badden, Kiltarlity. Schooled locally and in Tomnacross, it was inevitable that he would represent Lovat as a shinty player, mostly at Junior level although he did make a number of appearances in what was at the time a very good Lovat senior team.

Davie’s work took him first of all to the role of Cattleman at Easter Urray before moving to a new farming job at Cawdor and then his final move to Inverness where he became a brickie.

Davie worked thereafter for most of the construction companies in Inverness, such as Colin MacMillan and others, and became a well-known and liked figure around the town, eventually becoming a maintenance worker with the railway.

A brief earlier flirtation with Caberfeidh saw  him eventually nail his colours to the Inverness mast and he was a long-standing member of the club in all sorts of capacities, always readily available to lend a willing hand on and off the field, as a player, coach and supporter.

A genuine character around the club he was once known to have vacated his position in the defence on a day of horrendous weather at Cannich, only to be located in the shelter of what passed as a stand for spectators, enjoying a cigarette and protecting himself from the elements, and enjoying the company of local worthies.

A good recovery from a slight stroke last year saw Davie make a good recovery and his sudden passing came as a great shock to the Inverness shinty community.

Davie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jessa, his family of Norman, Kenneth and Katrina and three grandchildren Graham, Connor and Adam, as well as his own brother Billy.

The funeral arrangements on Friday, May 15, are being handled by W T Fraser and Son Culduthel Road Inverness and will take place with restrictions currently in place regarding attendance. Friends and the shinty community are invited to pay their tributes in as safe a way as is possible. Meanwhile the sympathy of the whole shinty community is extended to the family and friends of a great club servant and shinty supporter.

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