The convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former councillor,
Catherine MacEachen, who passed away aged 92 on Saturday.
Born on Sunamul Island, Benbecula, in 1925 and following her early education at Balivanich
School, Catherine moved to Glasgow to work in two hospitals until she was old enough
to begin her nursing and midwifery training at the Eastern District Hospital on Duke
She pursued her nursing career in a number of places including Glasgow, University
College Hospital London, Cambridge, Harrogate, Helensburgh, Falkirk and Taynuilt,
before returning to Benbecula in 1955, when she married Donald Alex MacEachen, who
predeceased her in 1975.
She continued in district nursing covering, at different times, every district from
Harris to Barra, before working permanently for many years on the Grogarry, South
For the eight years up to her retirement in 1985, she relocated to the Benbecula
district.She was always willing to share her knowledge and became a practical work
teacher, training and tutoring student maternity nurses in both Stornoway and Aberdeen.
Catherine was also a member of the Western Isles Health Board.
Convener, Norman A Macdonald, said: “Catherine was a dedicated and committed carer
in her community and also served the Benbecula Ward as an elected representative
on the comhairle between 1980 and 1982.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her son, Alasdair, her daughter, Angela, the two
grandchildren, Ronald and Allan, the wider family circle and her friends.”