Cllr Iain Mackenzie

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor Iain MacKenzie who passed away aged 72 on Thursday 29th June.

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

Iain 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, before he was elected to the Comhairle as a Councillor for Steòrnabhagh a Tuath in 2007; he was re-elected in 2012.

Iain served on several committees including Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Children’s Services and Sustainable Development. Iain also served as a member of the Police and Fire Board for many years.

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. He also served as an elder in The Free Church over many years.

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