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View Record Number 4048 - Mr. George MacKinnon

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Name:Mr. George MacKinnon
Address:5 Kenneth Drive
South Uist
Place of death:Peacefully at Home
Date of funeral:18/09/2010
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Presider:Fr. Roddy McAuley
Occupation:Qualified Welder & Fisherman
"George MacKinnon who has died aged 74yrs was born in Lochboisdale, South Uist.
“Seoras Mor” (Big George) as he was commonly known throughout the Uists passed away after a brief illness at his family home in Lochboisdale.
His presence will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.
This larger-than-life stalwart graced the Uist Highland games for over 40yrs not only as an organiser but also as a powerful competitor. Characters like Seoras Mor are very scarce. Listening to him reminiscing his exploitations would bring a tear to a `glass eye’.
Having left school, Seoras served his time as a plumber/fitter in Govan shipyards and remained there for several years before marrying Mary and settling down on his beloved island. This bear of a man was very talented and adaptable and could turn his hand to any task put before him. Stripping an engine and replacing piston rings and bearings was in his eyes a simple operation.
During the spring and summer in particular he enjoyed going lobster fishing along with his younger brother Donald John (who sadly passed away last March) while other boats stayed in the shelter of the harbour. As a talented piper himself, very often Seoras's spare time was taken up at piping recitals and competitions wherever they were held. He also made himself available should anybody need his special skills. Seoras was soft at heart and shared readily with others misfortunes and grief.
He is survived by his widow Mary, sons Donald & Angus, and daughters Christabel and Justina. Our thoughts are also with sisters Penny, Oighrig, Christabel and Brothers Angus and Ruairidh. Treasured Memories." (As published in the Stornoway Gazette on Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Written by D. Molreasdan)
George passed away peacefully with his family around him early on Wednesday morning.
His sloinneadh (ancestry) is "Seoras Dhomhnaill Aonghais Chailean" which when translated from Gaelic means "George son of Donald grandson of Angus great-grandson of Colin."
Concelebrating with Fr. McAuley were two other priests; Fr. Michael MacDonald, parish priest of Iochdar and Fr. Calum MacLellan (ret.) from the parish of Eriskay. Deacon Martin Matheson also participated at the Requiem Mass.
In the homily given by Fr. MacDonald (who is related to Mr. MacKinnon), he said that George, even with his terminal illness, had a tremendous good attitude and was always looking forward to things. He had expressed a great interest in watching the Papal Mass in Bellahouston Park.
He was a man of deep faith who always had time for everyone. An accomplished piper, his services were always much in demand in the islands. He tutored many young people in his home, teaching them the chanter and then the pipes.
Parishioners were invited afterwards to St. Peter's Hall for refreshments.
A retiring collection was requested by the family to be shared between Benbecula Medical Practice and St. Peter's Parish.
Death Register Number:10/11
Gravestone Inscription:Treasured Memories
A Much Loved Husband
Dad and Papa
George MacKinnon
Who Died 16th September 2010
Aged 74 Years
Rest In Peace
"In Our Hearts You Will Always Stay
Loved and Remembered Every Day"

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Mr. Donald John MacKinnon (Brother) (deceased) view record.

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

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

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