Rothesay church service celebrates life of Lyn Bulloch

Lyn Bulloch and his wife Marjorie on the day in 2014 when Mr Bulloch served as chieftain of Bute Highland Games.
Lyn Bulloch and his wife Marjorie on the day in 2014 when Mr Bulloch served as chieftain of Bute Highland Games.

Hundreds of people attended a service of thanksgiving and celebration in memory of former Rothesay Academy teacher, ex depute lieutenant, organist, choirmaster and friend Lyn Bulloch in Rothesay on Saturday.

Mr Bulloch died, aged 76, in hospital in Livingston on March 26, three days after suffering a severe stroke.

Saturday’s memorial service, held at Trinity Church in Rothesay, where Mr Bulloch was an elder for almost 50 years and ‘temporary’ organist for more than 40, heard tributes from Mr Bulloch’s two children, son Gib and daughter Louisa, and friends Colin Renwick, minister of Dunblane Cathedral, and Bert Alexander.

Mr Bulloch’s grandchildren Fiona and Gordon also took part in the service, as did friends Fiona Shaw and Margaret Brown and the ministers of both Trinity Church and the United Church of Bute, Drew Barrie and Owain Jones.

Gib Bulloch described his father as “a truly great man” and said his legacy would be one of “happiness, compassion, love and tolerance”, while Mr Alexander closed his personal tribute with a quote from Robert Burns:

An honest man here lies at rest

As e’er God with his image blest;

The friend of man, the friend of truth,

The friend of age, and guide of youth:

Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,

Few heads with knowledge so informed:

If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;

If there is none, he made the best of this.

We’ll have a full obituary for Mr Bulloch, written by his friend and former Rothesay Academy teaching colleague Iain L. MacLeod, in the next print edition of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, April 14.