Douglas Macleay was born on the 25th of January 1988 on the Island of Mull. At an early age, he and his family, his parents and his two sisters, Irene and Alison, moved to Edinburgh where his dad was studying at the Free Church College.
The family moved north to the Sutherland village of Brora in 1994, then back to Mull for a short spell before coming to Easter Ross in October 1998. Manse life was often very challenging and busy with many people calling and staying over for short or longer periods! Douglas grew up to be a very sociable boy; he always enjoyed looking after the younger visitors and entertaining them! As he matured into teenage years he decided to learn a trade as a bricklayer, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Tragically, that career was never to be fulfilled, as he was killed in a road accident on the A9 on the 22nd December 2005.
In the short time he spent training as a bricklayer, we discovered that he was very highly thought of, had natural skills for the job but above all he was always willing to help others on the course who were struggling to complete tasks.
The collection at his funeral came to a total of £2000 and as we felt we wanted to support local youngsters, we decided to donate the money to Calman Trust. This was used to help launch their website.
Finally we hope that the work Calman Trust is involved in will be of great help and blessing to many in the future.
We’re closing with a quote from a card we received from one of his friends. It sums up what his life meant to others.
“Those we hold closest never truly leave us…
They live on in the kindness they showed,
The comfort they shared
And the love they brought into our lives.”
Iain and Isobel Macleay