Catherine Wood Obituary, A Community stalwart Has Died
- by Alex Danvers
Catherine Wood Obituary, Death – Lossiemouth has been without someone who was the beating heart of several community organizations for many years. Lossie was one of Catherine Wood’s many interests. She grew up in the town and worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to preserve and promote its history. Catherine was a founding member and chairperson of Lossie’s highly successful town hall committee for over 20 years.
She fought to save it, alongside Bernard Annikin and others, and then raised enormous sums to transform it into the stunning structure it is today. Her many successful events included the town’s legendary Hogmany cèilidhs.
Catherine was also a member of the town’s twinning organization, where she promoted Lossie’s relationship with Hersbruck, a small Bavarian town she considered her second home.
She and her close friend Isobel Smith collaborated to raise funds and plan a number of trips. Furthermore, as one former colleague put it, “Catherine WAS Lossie library for many years.” Catherine was constantly organizing displays and projects at the library to engage children. She was also instrumental in the formation of the well-known Scots Language group. Carolle Ralph, a Lossiemouth Community Council member, stated: “Catherine was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to help Lossie and others.
“She and Ian went to every event in town and gave their support to every charity and event they could.” Catherine taught us a lot about the history of our town, and she was determined to keep our Doric tradition alive for many years to come. “She was a doer, planner, organizer, and thinker. “Her generous spirit shone through in the numerous events she planned for friends and family. She was a fantastic public speaker and poet.
“Catherine appreciated her community, but her family and friends were her life, and she adored them above all else. “Despite her own grief over her daughter Dawn’s tragic death when she was 13, she was a true and devoted friend to many. “Ian, Angela, Sheila, Andrew, Adele, Dodo, and all her family and close friends have our hearts, love, and prayers. “Another special person on whose shoulders our community stands has died. “Catherine has done and given so much to our community over the years, and we are grateful. “She’ll be greatly missed.” Catherine Woods died on November 8th, after a brief illness.
Catherine Wood Obituary, Death – Lossiemouth has been without someone who was the beating heart of several community organizations for many years. Lossie was one of Catherine Wood’s many interests. She grew up in the town and worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to preserve and promote its history. Catherine was a founding member and…