It was with great sadness and deep regret that last Monday we learned that Andy Davidson had passed away the previous day, Sunday 30th June, in the Highland Hospice, Inverness.   Andy had been ill for the last two years.

Andy was a native of the Lochaber area and served his apprenticeship with British Aluminum at Fort William.   In the early 1970s he moved to Easter Ross where he took up employment at the new aluminium smelter at Invergordon where he remained until the smelter closed down.   He was then employed as a manager in the Britoil Oil Terminal at Nigg where he remained until he retired ten years ago.

Andy initially played shinty for Kilmallie and on moving to Easter Ross he played for Caberfeidh from 1970 until 1977 and then played for Beauly for two seasons before returning to play for Caberfeidh where he remained until he retired from playing in the 1980s.   He was a player of some class and distinction and during his playing career he represented Scotland in Shinty/Hurling Internationals on three occasions, twice while a member of the Caberfeidh team, and once while a member of the Beauly team.  He was a member of the first Scotland team to play against Ireland in 1972, captained by Kilmallie legend Derel Fraser.   After his ‘retiral’ from playing he represented Caberfeidh on a number of occasions in the Jock Paul MacIntosh 6-a-side veterans tournament in Newtonmore.

Andy will be greatly missed by, not only his family, but also by many people in the shinty world and beyond.   Our sincere sympathy goes out to his wife Alice, his sons Andrew and Paul, their respective families, and the wider family, at this very sad time.

Andy’s funeral service will be held in Inshes East Church, Inverness on Monday 15th July at 12 noon with interment thereafter at Kilvean Cemetery, Inverness.