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Name:Mr. Colin Carruthers
South Uist
Date of funeral:25/01/2014
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Additional Info:Colin was a lively and charming individual and had many friends within the Community. Unfortunately he had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away peacefully. There was a funeral service in St. Peter's Church, Daliburgh, officiated by Deacon Martin Matheson.

In his homily, Rev. Martin said the following:

"No matter how inevitable death may be, when it comes to someone close to us death becomes not a natural and acceptable experience but a strange and sometimes frightening encounter with the unknown. But those loved ones left behind shouldn't be despondent. Those wonderful phrases of our Lord in the Gospel 'Do not let your
hearts be troubled Trust in God still and trust in me' and ' I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too', are surely proof of the value which God puts on every human life.

ln all our lives there are highs and lows, good times and bad times, successes and failures, joys and sorrows. We have a very short span of life given us by God. None of us is ever given sufficient time to sink our roots too deeply into
this world. And so despite the pain of loss, we thank God for the life that Colin lived, for the blessings that he brought to so many and for the lessons that we learned from him about living well and dying well.

On death the poet Henry van Dyke put it beautifully when he said; I am standing on the seashore. Suddenly a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze, and starts out for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and
strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is only a ribbon of white cloud just above where sea and sky mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There! She's gone!' Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as
she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There! She's gone!', there are other voices ready to take the glad shout, 'There! She
comes!'And that is dying. May Colin's gentle soul come to anchor contentedly today in the happiness of God's safe harbour.

Many of the community were in attendance. May he rest in peace.

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