Tributes paid to island councillor

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Tributes have been paid to Cllr Bill Houston who passed away at his home on Saturday.

Cllr Houston represented the Sgir’ Uige Agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch ward and was a member of the Comhairle’s SNP Group.

SNP Group Leader, Donald Manford said:

“This is a very sad blow for our Group and we are all shocked and saddened to lose Bill.

“Bill was an outstanding talent and his loss will be felt throughout the Comhairle and the wider community. At this time, our thoughts are with his family and close friends.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “Bill was a highly respected colleague and the news of his sudden death has saddened us greatly.

“Bill was a dedicated supporter of Scottish Independence, a talented politician and his death is a great loss to our party and our islands.

“First and foremost, Bill was a loving father, a gentleman and friend to many. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “Bill was a good friend. I know that as well as being an outstanding father, he made an enormous contribution to the life of the Western Isles, first as an officer of the Comhairle and, since this May, as an elected councillor.

“His loss will I know be a terrible blow to his family, and comes as a great shock to all who knew him through his contribution to the work of the SNP, the Comhairle and the community as a whole. “

Mr Houston came to the islands to work for the Comhairle in 1998 as Depute Director in the Education and Leisure Services Department.

He retired as Head of Leisure and Learning last year and was successfully elected to the Comhairle in May.

Comhairle Convener Norman A Macdonald said: “Bill was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and especially his beloved children, Cameron, Christy and Niall.“