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Tributes to 'wonderful woman' who helped Black Isle lifeboat volunteers save lives

By Hector MacKenzie

Margaret Paterson has died at the age of 102.
Margaret Paterson has died at the age of 102.

TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a lifeboat volunteer who has died at the age of 102 after more than six decades of service to the cause.

The funeral of Margaret Paterson of North Kessock will be held on Monday.

She received the highest honorary award the RNLI can bestow, recognising her as one of the lifeboat charity’s greatest supporters in Scotland.

She established the North Kessock branch of the RNLI and was presented with the honorary life governor award. RNLI Kessock said: “Her hard work and her sense of fun are remembered in equal measure by all who knew her and especially at Kessock Lifeboat Station where she was a regular at fundraising events.

“She will be greatly missed by all the volunteer crew and everyone, past and present, in the branch.”

The wife of the late Jim and born Chisholm, she was the mum of Bill, Helen, Margaret, Rhoda and James. Her funeral service will be held on Monday at 1.30pm in Knockbain Church of Scotland, Munlochy and then to Kilmuir Cemetery. Donations are invited for RNLI.

Tributes poured in via the RNLI’s Facebook page. Amy MacCaskill said: “So sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. A wonderful and kind woman, as well as neighbour. Her legacy will live on through the lifeboat and in the village.”

Ashleigh Fleming wrote: “A lovely lady with a heart of gold.”

Carron Mary Jones wrote: “What a inspiration to us all.”

RNLI Kessock later added, in response to a spate of tributes: “Thank you everyone for your kind words about Margaret. We know some of her family have seen them. She was and will remain and inspiration to so many of us.”

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