The Isle of Barra was cast into mourning yesterday (Saturday February 9th), with the news that Canon Angus MacQueen had died peacefully, in St Brendan's Home, Castlebay.

The Right Reverend Brian MacGee of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles said: “May he rest in peace. Canon Angus had been fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church. We extend our sympathies to Canon Angus' family and friends.”

Canon Angus was, for many years, parish priest at St Barr's in Northbay, and it was at the Grotto there that a celebratory Mass was held in 2011 to mark his diamond jubilee – 60 years in the priesthood. Hundreds attended the mass, celebrated by Bishop Joseph Toal.  His 65th anniversary was celebrated more quietly at St Brendan’s home.

A spokesman for the parish of St Barr said: “He served the parish with great humility and compassion and very often great humour. Mgr Aonghas helped the parishioners in many happy and sad times with his usual gentle manner.
“He was a man of huge knowledge, especially about island and Gaelic traditions. He often appeared on television and radio relaying this vast knowledge to the viewers and listeners. Mgr Aonghas was also a formidable cook, using local produce as the main ingredients.”

Alasdair Allan, MSP for na h-Eileanan an Iar, said: “Canon MacQueen was a lovely, learned (and hilarious) man. He will I know represent a real loss to Barra. My thoughts are with everyone else who was lucky enough to have known him.”

The remains of Canon Angus John MacQueen will be received into St Michael's Church, Ardkenneth, South Uist on Wednesday 13th February at 7pm.

His Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 14th February in St Michael's at 11am, followed by his burial at Ardivachar Cemetery.

The picture is from the RC Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.