John Finnie MSP marks passing of John Willie Campbell in Scottish Parliament

Motion Number: S5M-15201 Lodged By: John Finnie Date Lodged: 19/12/2018

Title: Marking the Life of John Willie Campbell, the Voice of Shinty

Motion Text: That the Parliament sadly notes the passing of John Willie Campbell, known as John Willie and "shinty’s Bill McLaren", on 15 December 2018; understands that, after finishing school, John Willie carried out two years’ national service in the RAF, where he was part of the mountain rescue team; further understands that he then went on to complete his BSc degree at the University in Glasgow, where he played shinty with distinction, winning Littlejohn Vase medals and the Southern League title, as well as being awarded a Blue; notes that, following this, he had a career in teaching for 33 years at Inverness Royal Academy, Millburn Academy and Crown Primary School; further notes John’s contribution to shinty’s history through written accounts of the Lochcarron, Inverness and Strathglass clubs, in addition to being a broadcaster reporting and commentating on the playing side of the game for the BBC from 1968 to 1991; believes that he is rightfully seen as one of the most significant figures in the world of shinty in the 20th century, and passes its condolences to his wife, Margaret, his older sister, Mairi, his son, Donald, his daughter, Shona, his five grandchildren, Eilidh, Rory, Peter, Hannah and Catherine, and his extended family and friends in Skye and elsewhere.


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