The convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former councillor Roderick Macleod, who passed away peacefully aged 94 last weekend surrounded by his family.
Mr Macleod, who hailed from Newpark, Laxdale, was elected through a by-election to represent the Laxdale Ward from 1992 to 1994.
Brought up at 5 Benside, Mr Macleod was the oldest of four siblings: Anne, Johnnie and Murdo and attended Laxdale School until the age of 14.
His first job was at Kenneth Mackenzie Mill before serving his time as a Baker at Hugh Matheson’s and he also drove their Bakery van.
Mr Macleod also worked at John Mackenzie’s Bayhead and Stag Bakeries for many years. He married his wife, Isa, in 1953 and the couple had six children.
They moved to their home in Bakers Road in 1957.
Mr Macleod also worked on the Borea when Arnish was at its peak and then returned to Hugh Matheson’s until retiring.
They moved to Culbokie a few years ago to be nearer family.
Convener Norman A Macdonald said: “Roddy was very much a public servant being the USDAW representative for the island for many, many years attending annual conferences on the mainland.
“He spent many years in the Laxdale Community Council in various roles including singing in the Laxdale Gaelic Choir at National Mods, the renovation of the Laxdale Hall and teaching baking to the children in Laxdale School.
“Roddy is survived by Anne, Sheena and Marion and four wonderful grandchildren of whom he was very proud; Lauren, George, James and Harry.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at this time.”
As a mark of respect, the Comhairle flag in Stornoway flew at half mast.