It was with great sadness that on Friday 22nd October that the members of Caberfeidh Shinty Club learned that Johnnie Sinclair had passed away at the County and Community Hospital, Invergordon early that day.   Johnnie had not been in very good health for some time and had been in the hospital for the last two months.

Johnnie an his family had a long connection with the Caberfeidh Club stretching back to the founding of the Club in 1896.   His shinty connections go even further back than that as some of his forebears who appear in the earliest pictures of the Club actually played for the Knockfarrel Club which amalgamated with the Strathpeffer Club to form Caberfeidh.   Johnnie’s late father, Jock, also played for many years up until the 1920s.

Johnnie himself played for the Club from the late 1940s until the 1970s and was a member of the team who won the Senior MacGillivray League in 1963.   His playing was of such a high standard that he was selected on a number of occasions to play for the North team in the annual fixture against the South for the Caol Cup and on one victorious occasion was the North Captain.

After his playing days were over he maintained a strong interest in the activities of the Club and served on the committee for a number of years including a period as Vice-President.   For a number of years he looked after the Club equipment including the repairing of camans, and also the maintenance of the gang mowers.   Johnnie had served his time as a millwright, a trade he worked at for many years with the firm of James Reid, Dingwall, and was adept at repairing all things mechanical.   Both Johnnie and his late wife Mary were great supporters of the Club’s fundraising activities, particularly the annual Sale of Work, where for years they ran the Produce Stall.

Johnnie will be greatly missed by all members of the Club and by the wider community.

The sincere sympathies of all those connected to the Club is extended to Johnnie’s family in their sad loss.