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An honest man here lies at rest
As e'er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd.
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert Burns
This verse was included in the intimation sheet issued at the celebration of the life of Angus Christie and sums up the man who was loved and respected by so many.

Angus Stewart Christie 1943 - 2018

Angus happy at his favourite pastime, gardening.

Angus Christie was named by villagers as 'Mr Maryburgh' since, as a long-term resident, he energetically pursued whatever was required to keep the community a vibrant force. No task was too menial, whether it was watering flower tubs and baskets during the summer or presiding over the candyfloss stall at the annual Gala.  His practical skills were phenomenal and he could turn his hand to constructing whatever was required, sourcing material from an amazing collection of "things" that might become useful at some time.

Following the closure of Maryburgh Primary School in 2012, against which Angus fought valiantly, he organised a two-day exhibition featuring the school's history from 1864 to its final day.  For this the "things" were transformed into display cases or display boards.  Not content with this, Angus cajoled various people into contributing towards The School, a small book covering the history of the school from its origins to its closure, including a photographic history, and, as ever with an eye to limiting printing costs, sourced the most economical method of production.  

But it is his role as Chairman of Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society that this organisation remembers him.

Angus took over the chairmanship in 2005 and continued as such until illness intervened in 2016.  The office at that time (2005) was rented, the cost of which was draining the society's slender financial resources, so Angus moved everything into a room in his home where RCHS continued to function for two years.  This intrusion could not continue indefinitely and, again, Angus rose to the challenge. Not only did he secure grant aid for RCHS for the project but, with similar input from Maryburgh Amenities Association and Maryburgh Community Council, purchased a portacabin from which the three organisations could operate.  Needless to say, fitting out the cabin was done by Angus, inevitably  using those "things" !

A new base deserved updated computer equipment and this was achieved by pursuing another grant.  Time moved on and opinion was that the website was dated and a more appropriate one should be considered.  Once more his vision came into play until, after many frustrations and a great deal of effort on his part, Angus could see the finishing line appearing when, sadly, he had the stroke which took away the drive, determination and community spirit which had dominated his life for so many years.

The first and foremost memory of Angus Christie which remains for members of RCHS is not of the practical issues with which he dealt so efficiently but of the lovely, warm nature of the man we admired.  His contribution to life, to the community of Maryburgh and beyond was outstanding. 

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