Monday, 8 August 2011

Councillor Donald Macdonald

Argyll and Bute Councillor Donald John Macdonald has died suddenly whilst on holiday in North Uist.

Council leader Councillor Dick Walsh expressed his shock and sadness at the news, and paid tribute to Councillor Macdonald’s contribution to the council over the last four years.

“This is devastating news. Donald was a conscientious and popular councillor who will be very sorely missed by all who came into contact with him,” Councillor Walsh said.

“His loss will be particular keenly felt in the Oban area, which he was so proud to serve and to which he devoted so much of his time and energy. He contributed greatly on a wide range of issues, both local and regional, and always with the best interests of his constituents in mind.

“I had a high regard for Donald, who was always a gentleman in his approach to council business and in dealing with his colleagues, whatever their political persuasion.

“I know I speak for everyone at Argyll and Bute Council when I say how sad we are to hear of his death. Our thoughts are of course with his family and friends, in particular his wife Dorothy and children Donald and Kirsty, who I will be contacting to express our condolences.”

Councillor Macdonald worked for many years for British Gas as a distribution engineering manager before taking early retirement in 2001.

He joined Argyll and Bute Council in 2007, representing the SNP for the Oban North and Lorn ward.