Tributes have been paid to one of shinty’s best known personalities and club servants over the last 60 years. Mary Ann Henton, who was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2014, died at her home in Kiltarlity on Sunday morning, aged 80.
Mary Ann was well known at shinty venues and matches throughout Scotland but will forever be remembered for her contribution to her local club Lovat in Kiltarlity. Having joined them as a tea lady at the age of 16 she went on to be club treasurer from 1967 until recently. She was Club Secretary for 55 years and her nephew John MacRitchie is the Club President.
Camanachd Association President Keith Loades described Mrs Henton as irreplaceable. He said: “Mary Ann was a Patron of the Camanachd Association and epitomised everything that is good about our game. She continued to give outstanding service to shinty, locally as a fund-raiser and committee person but also to the Disciplinary Committee and Behaviour in Sport Committees, where her wisdom and knowledge of the sport’s governance was invaluable. We will always remember her pride in her players and the club when Lovat won the Camanachd Cup in 2015, for the first time since 1953 and how she revelled in their modern success.”
Mary Ann worked for many years in the tax office in Inverness and was pre-deceased by her husband Jackie in August 2014.
Immediate family funeral service on Friday 26th June 2020 at 12 noon in the funeral home of William T. Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, Inverness, thereafter to Tomnacross Burial Ground. Cortege will stop at Balgate Shinty Pitch at 1.10 p.m, prior to the interment at 1.30 p.m. Donations invited for Lovat Shinty Club, a collection will be available at Balgate and Tomnacross on Friday, or please forward to the funeral directors. Live link available from the funeral directors, tel 01463 243232 or message via facebook.