It was with a great sense of sadness that the shinty community in the Strathpeffer area learned that Duncan MacLennan MacDonald had passed away at his home in Inverness on Tuesday 15th January.
Duncan had formerly been headmaster at both Contin and Fodderty Primary Schools and at both of which he took a great interest in the promotion of shinty and became involved with the Ross-shire Camanachd Association. After moving from Contin to Fodderty he took up residence with his wife and family in Strathpeffer.
In Strathpeffer Duncan became very involved in the life of the community and was for many years Secretary of the Community Council and was also a member of the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering Association where he served a term as Convenor.
Duncan’s interest in shinty continued and he was very soon involved with Caberfeidh Shinty Club where he served for eleven years as Secretary from 1988 to 1999. During his time with the Club he took a huge interest in the running of the youth teams and managed the Under 14 team when they were the first winners of the North Area Under 14 League in 1986, and again in 1987. Duncan’s son Jamie played for the Club’s youth and senior teams and later for Tayforth when he moved to Edinburgh to continue his education.
A few years ago Duncan moved with his wife Jean to Inverness to continue his retirement but kept up his interest in the Strathpeffer community. Despite his failing health he was able to attend the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering last August.
Duncan will be greatly missed by both the Club, and the Strathpeffer Community as a whole.
Our sympathies go out to his wife Jean, four daughters, two sons and his grandchildren in their sad loss.