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The convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former councillor Iain Mackenzie who passed away aged 72 on Thursday.

 

Having been educated at Bayble Junior Secondary and The Nicolson Institute, Mr Mackenzie studied at Lews Castle College and then at Stow College in Glasgow.

 

Mr Mackenzie worked as a radar and radio/tv engineer for five years and then as an air traffic engineer at Stornoway Airport between 1968 and 2006.

 

He was elected to the comhairle as a councillor for Steòrnabhagh a Tuath in 2007 and re-elected in 2012.

 

Mr Mackenzie served on several committees including Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Children’s Services and Sustainable Development.

 

He was also a member of the Police and Fire Board for many years and was an elder in the Free Church.

 

Convener, Norman A Macdonald, said: “Iain was a very active participant in all of the comhairle’s processes, he was an insightful councillor who was respected by his peers and made a significant contribution to our community in a very unassuming manner.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Georgina, his children Don and Karen, the grandchildren, and his extended family and friends.”

 

Tribute to former councillor who died this week

30 June 2017