A well-known figure in the life of the Point community, Donnie Mata Graham, passed away yesterday (Friday May 10th).
Originally from Portvoller, Donnie was married in Upper Bayble, where he was a good neighbour to many.
His acts of kindness for people in difficulty were numerous and unassuming, and he was a welcome visitor in many households.
He had been receiving care at Western Isles Hospital for a long-standing health condition and is survived by his wife Margaret, children Andrew, Iain, Dawn and Katie, brothers Murdo and Alasdair and sisters Dena and Joan.
A popular figure in the local community, Donnie was active around the district in his work, latterly delivering the milk for the Manor Dairy and before that as a heating engineer. He served in the Merchant Navy for some years in his early life and had been seriously injured in an accident aboard a tanker.
He was equally active at Point Football Club, on and off the field. He remained closely involved with the club throughout his life and they issued a statement yesterday evening, saying: “Donnie will be sorely missed by the community and, in particular, by Point Football Club.
“The list of duties that Donnie carried out for the club were endless. His commitment and the amount of money he raised for Point FC is staggering. In recent times, Donnie’s inability to be as active because of illness demonstrated to the club the massive void that had to be filled in his absence.
“Donnie was always keen to help the juniors and nothing pleased him more than to see them progress to the senior ranks and help the club to silverware.
A member of the famous “Grumblies”, Donnie’s infectious humour will be greatly missed. What he has done for the club will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.”