pugnacity’. With regard to the Presbytery of Dumbarton, David was a natural for the post of Clerk which he undertook in 1986. His grasp of procedure at meetings was much appreciated by successive Moderators myself included. When my time came I was much in his debt for his whispered advice when things were becoming a bit intense, not to mention his polo mints which sustained me during the longer debates. But it was also his pastoral gifts which are remembered by members. I was at a Conference when I heard the news of David’s death and when I told a colleague who was also there, a former member of Presbytery; he shared with me a rough time he had endured when David was a major source of support to himself and his wife. Others knew something of that, times when a shadow had fell across your path, and David encouraged you forward. I once had a difficult task to perform for Presbytery. I had to go to a congregation on the Lord’s Day, tell them that their minister had been suspended from his duties, and then conduct worship. Mindful of how I might be feeling about that, David called me to the North Manse on the Friday for a chat. ‘Don’t try to be clever. Just go there and preach the Gospel.‘ That was a pastor’s heart speaking, not just for me but for the congregation involved. What they needed most in that moment was to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. So many memories like that have been shared in the aftermath of David’s death on 21 January the day after he preached the Gospel for the last time at Gartocharn Parish Church. But those of us who heard the news very quickly began to think of those closest to him in the family he cherished. Joan, Catriona and Morag have the happiest memories of David as a husband, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. They remember with thanksgiving his relationship with Jessie which realized the Biblical vision of two being one with Jessie being confidently pronounced by David ‘the perfect minister’s wife.‘ They remember happy family holidays, David’s interest in the things that were important to them, his encouragement in their studies, his hopes that they would fulfill their own personal dreams, his support throughout their adult lives and his joy when the family grew with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is to them that our hearts go out today. We hope they will continue to draw strength from one another but also that they will be encouraged by the faith in which David lived and died. That having fought the good fight and finished the race and kept the faith he now knows the fulfillment of all the Gospel promises in that place where no shadows fall and there is complete renewal in the presence of the Risen Lord. Amen.
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