Strachur and District Shinty Club lost one of its most passionate supporters with the recent passing of Flora MacPherson, and shinty is the poorer without her.
The community was saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs MacPherson on Tuesday October 13 at the age of 77.
She was a regular attendee at matches to watch her beloved Strachur during the period the club spent at the pitch beside Strachur House, then later when the club moved to the new Strachurmore pitch in 2012.
Health issues in recent years failed to put a dent in Flora’s passion for the sport, which came in no small part from a family with the same love for the game. Her father, Duncan Sinclair (‘The Manager’), became chairman of the Strachur club after moving with his wife Agnes and young family from Furnace ‘across the loch’ to farm at Strachur after the war.
Flora married accomplished shinty player Billy MacPherson from Cairndow, a skilful forward who played for both Inveraray and Strachur. Her family was steeped in shinty, and Flora’s older sister Kate and younger sister Aggie Mary also married shinty players in Fred Limbert (Lochfyneside and Strachur) and Donald Cameron (Strachur) respectively.
An ever-present and vocal supporter of Billy, her brothers-in-law and Strachur at matches all over the country, Flora was a hard-working secretary of the club for many years.
Flora was never one to hide her feelings during a match, and many a good-humoured spot of banter was enjoyed with rival supporters over the years, at a time when there was a great bond of friendship between players and supporters, no matter which club they followed.
A certain rivalry existed between clubs either side of Loch Fyne, Strachur and Inveraray, and Flora revelled in this, claiming to have no love for the yellow-and-black side of the loch. In truth, Flora loved the craic, and it was never anything but good natured.
Strachur and District Shinty Club gratefully acknowledges the work and support Flora devoted to the club over many years.
Our sincere condolences are offered to Billy, daughter Linda and the whole family.
Shinty will be a quieter place without the inimitable Flora MacPherson.
The funeral, under the current pandemic restrictions, will be held at 12pm on Wednesday October 21 at Strachur cemetery.