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View Record Number 184 - Very Rev. John Angus Canon Galbraith

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Name:Very Rev. John Angus Canon Galbraith
Address:St. Peter's Parish House
Daliburgh, South Uist
Originally from:Brevig, Barra
Place of death:Royal Infirmary, Glasgow
Date of funeral:03/10/2006
Funeral Location:St. Columba's Cathedral, Oban & St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Presider:Very Rev. Angus Canon MacQueen; Mgr. Donald MacKinnon, Vicar General
Occupation:Catholic Priest
Additional Info:John Angus Canon Galbraith was in his 15th year as parish priest in residence at St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh when he passed away suddenly.
All of us mourn the sad loss of our parish priest John Angus Canon Galbraith, who died suddenly on Wednesday morning, 27th September at Royal Infirmary in Glasgow, aged 60 years.
Canon Galbraith was ordained in St Columba’s Cathedral in Oban in April 1971. St Peter’s Church was his first appointment as a parish curate, where he served the parish under Mgr. MacKellaig for six years. From there he went on to serve Knoydart, Campbeltown and Oban, before returning to St Peters in 1991. In 2001, he also took on the duty of parish priest of Eriskay. The Canon was steadfast in his faith, and dedicated to the mission of the church. His other love was the Gaelic language and culture, to which he dedicated countless hours of work to preserve his beloved native language.
Many people, young and old, have paid their respects by attending the various services held for the Canon. Rosary was said on Monday evening in the Chapel of Rest at Cockburns in Govan. Requiem Mass was celebrated in Oban on Tuesday, after which Canon John Angus returned home to his beloved Uist. Requiem Mass in St. Peter's took place on Wednesday at 11am, where there were twenty priests present. He was then laid to rest in Hallan Cemetery.
In her tribute to the Canon in the Hebridean newspaper, Angela MacKinnon from BBC Radio nan Gaidheal wrote, “The passing of Canon Galbraith is a huge loss to the Catholic Church and especially to these islands and to the people that he loved so much.
“Cha chrìoch am bas dhuinn ach fas as ur dhuinn-
O lion led ghràs sinn, gu brath bi dlùth dhuinn
‘S’nuair thig an t-am oirnn aig ceann ar n-ùine,
S e og-mhios Mhaigh bhios an àite Dùbhlachd", which when translated from Gaelic, means "death is not the end of us but a new beginning
O fill us with your grace and forever be near us
and when our moment comes at the end of our time
it will feel more like summer than winter." (St. Peter's Parish Newsletter dated 8th October 2006)
Death Register Number:06/13
Lair Number:283
Gravestone Inscription:Mar Chuimhneachan Air
Canan Iain Aonghas Mac A'Bhreatannaich
A Bhreibhig Am Barraigh
29-11-1945 . 27-09-2006
"Iosa, Stiuir Anam Gu Beatha Mhaireannaich Ann An Gloir Fhlathanais"
Additional Grave Info:Translated From Gaelic: ' Jesus, Steer His Soul to Everlasting Life in the Glory of Heaven'
(Inscription in Gaelic kindly contributed By the Very Rev. Angus Canon MacQueen, formerly Parish Priest, Northbay, Isle of Barra but now retired)

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