Ulva School Community Association

Tributes

Colin Bissett

The shock and sadness felt when folks heard of Colin’s death in July, cannot be overstated. Colin was truly a ‘good shepherd’. His love of the land, the creatures, and of his work with both was deeply part of him. His was a gentle smile and a wave, as he went along the road.

A fine guitarist, he contributed warmly and with great skill to the Ceilidhs held by USCA in recent years, and we remember this with great thanks, together with the generosity of spirit he showed in entertaining the company at the Caolas Ulbha Burns Supper, with a twinkle in his eye, just a couple of years ago, in 2014.

He is sorely missed.

Our truly deepest sympathies go Anne, Chrissie, and all his family.

 

Betsy Ingram

Betsy first came to Ulva Ferry as the young school teacher, in 1964. Pictures of her at that time show her loveliness, and hint at the kindness and intelligence which all who knew her, and miss her, remember so well.

In recent years, though she and Ivarr lived in Salen, she still remained a real and active part of the community, still ‘keeping house’ at Craigmore, and flying down the road to the lunch club, and to visit. She took a close interest in USCA, and was particularly keen when the Caolas Ulbha project began. Her contributions, indeed, helped to shape the whole direction of the project to which she contributed with great enthusiasm and generosity of time and effort.

Betsy passed away in November 2015, after a long battle with cancer. We offer our deepest sympathies to Ivarr, and to all their family.

 

Bert Leitch

The whole community was once again deeply saddened in July 2015, when Bert Leitch passed away, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

Bert was truly a man of many parts: a farmer, deeply loving the land and the animals he cared for, and profoundly concerned for the well-being and future of the community – the wider farming community of Scotland and Argyll, the island as a whole, and the local community. To that end he served the NFU locally and nationally, the Mull Community Council, and was, from the start, strongly supportive of USCA, and most of all its aim to help more young people to stay in or return to the area, through the provision of affordable housing.

The community will forever hold a debt of great gratitude for the generous gift of the land at Acharonich, and the facilitation of the housing project alongside the school, by the affordable sale of the land by Bert and Chris.

But as we remember Bert – smiling, passionate, committed - the thought, most of all is just – we miss him, and offer our deepest sympathies to Chris, and all their family.

 

George Clarke

Also, with sadness, we learnt of the death, early in 2015, of George Clarke, who moved to Achleck in 2008, to stay with Rhona and John. Although struggling with illness, he found time to share his great talent for chess with the younger generation, and is remembered with great fondness by his neighbours, young and old.

Our sincere condolences are extended to Rhona, John and all their family.

 

Kenneth Way

Again, we learnt, in late summer 2014, with sadness, of the sudden death of Kenneth Way, who came over each week, voluntarily, from Tenga to teach the cello and flute to the children. His loss will be sorely felt at the school and at gatherings, and we would like to express our sympathy to all his family.

 

Mairi Macrae

Again, it was with great, great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Mairi Macrae, in the summer of 2014.She was a quiet, kind, and beautiful presence in this community, who created a little bit of heaven in her garden at Ballygown. She is greatly missed by all.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to her mother, Katie Mary, and their family.

 

Iain Munro

It was with huge shock that we all heard, in May 2014, of the tragic death of Iain Munro. Iain was a lovely man, a real pillar of life here on the north-west coast - his skills, his kindness and humour were shared generously; he was truly loved – and he is sorely missed.

USCA would like to express our deep sympathy to Rhoda, and all his family.

 

Mrs Jean Howard

We were greatly saddened by the death of Mrs Howard. She was a kind, well-loved lady, very community-minded and always especially interested in everything that the local children were doing. She was particularly supportive of the Calgary Sports. Her hardiness and resilience commanded deep respect – she would travel by quad bike and boat in all weathers in spite of her advancing years and reducing mobility. She had a smile and a wave for everyone. Ulva and our community is the poorer for her passing.

 

Jessie Macquarie

USCA wishes to pay tribute to Jessie Macquarie, who sadly passed away on Sat 28th December, 2013. Jessie's contribution to life on Mull was huge, and she will be truly greatly missed.

USCA remembers with enormous gratitude and affection that she was a great and determined supporter...queen of the raffles! Our sympathy goes to Adie, and to Jeannie, to Margaret, and all her family.