Donald Maclean

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor Donald Maclean who has passed away at the age of 85.

Mr Maclean was a North Uist Councillor who served on the Comhairle from 1994 to 2007.

He served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of Development Services/Sustainable Development Committee, and also served on the Northern Joint Police and Fire Boards and as Chair of the Licensing Board.

Prior to being a Councillor, Donald served with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders before joining the Police in 1961 where he rose to the rank of Superintendent.

Donald is survived by his wife Mary and his three children.

Comhairle Convener Norman A. Macdonald, said: “Donald was a fiercely determined representative for the Uists and for the Western Isles, renowned for his oratory and debating skills. He served our community well and was a key participant in the processes of the Comhairle during his many years as a Councillor. He was also known as a character and for his sharpness and wit, particularly in chairing meetings. Our thoughts are with Donald’s family and his many friends at this sad time.”

The Comhairle flag is flying at half-mast in Balivanich and Stornoway.