View Record Number 4031

View Record Number 4031 - Mr. Donald John MacKinnon

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Name:Mr. Donald John MacKinnon
Address:28 Kenneth Drive
South Uist
Place of death:Peacefully At Home
Date of funeral:10/03/2010
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Presider:Fr. Roddy McAuley
Additional Info:Mr. MacKinnon's sloinneadh (ancestry) is "Dhomhnaill Iain Dhomhnaill Aoghnais Chailein" which when translated from Gaelic means"Donald John son of Donald grandson of Angus great grandson of Colin".
"Donald Iain MacKinnon died peacefully at home on Sunday afternoon, 7th March after a brave fight against terminal illness. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, 10th March in St. Peterís Church. Donald Iain was a keen piper and dancer and was well-known for his participation in ceilidhs and support of local pipers and their music. There were a huge number of people at the Requiem Mass which showed the affection and esteem he was held in by the local Community. The retiring Collection at the funeral was for the local branch of the MacMillan Cancer Charity." (Written by Fr. Roddy McAuley in March 2010)
"Tribute - Donald John MacKinnon, who has died aged 63 years. He was born in Lochboisdale, South Uist. "Domhnall Iain Dhomhnall Aoghnais Chailean", as he was invariably known by his fellow islanders, was a true epitome of an island gentleman, who would always be first to step forward to lend a helping hand to anyone in difficulty. He also suffered his illness with dignity and knew that there was no betterment.
When he left school, he went to the mainland for employment and worked for some time at the Hydro Schemes. Thereafter, he returned home to the island he loved and started lobster fishing along with his brother Seoras. It was then that he met Catriona who later became his wife. They were blessed with five of a family, Margaret Mary, Mairi, Catriona, Penny and Donald, who were of great support to their dad in his time of need. Donald John was in his element when he became a grandfather to baby Craig Donald John six months ago. Sadly, Donald John's wife Catriona had passed away after a short illness on July 23, 2004. This was a hard blow as both had previously enjoyed good health. Many will remember Donald John's unquestionable strength, ability and friendship and indeed it was not a surprise when this big laddie won the heavyweight wrestling at the Highland Games on twelve consecutive occasions. Without doubt a true and worthy champion in many ways. Donald John, a piper himself, was like so many from Uibhist a Deas a great lover of all bagpipe music and indeed attended the Flora MacDonald junior competition in Daliburgh the evening before he passed away. The large crowd that attended Donald John's funeral showed the love and high respect in which he was held by young and old throughout the Southern Isles and the mainland. He is survived by his sisters, Penny, Chistabel, Oighrig, and his brothers Seoras, Ruairidh and Angus. He is gone but not forgotten!" (As published in the Stornoway Gazette in 2010)
Death Register Number:10/03
Gravestone Inscription:In Loving Memory Of
Catriona MacKinnon
Who Died 23rd July 2004
Aged 60 Years
A Dear Mother
And Beloved Wife Of
Donald John MacKinnon
Who Died 7th March 2010
Aged 63 Years
A Loving Father and Grandpa
"So Dearly Loved, So Sadly Missed"
"Gone From Our Home
But Not From Our Hearts"

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Mrs. Catriona MacKinnon (Spouse) (deceased) view record.

Mr. Donald MacKinnon (Father) (deceased) view record.

Mrs. Margaret MacKinnon (Mother) (deceased) view record.

Mr. George MacKinnon (Brother) (deceased) view record.