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Rev William Downie was peacemaker

A former Carluke clergyman and prominent Rotarian has died aged 76.

The Rev William Downie was minister of the EU Congregational Church from 1983 to 1997 and presided over its 150th anniversary celebrations in 1996.

He was UK chaplain for the RAF Regiment Association and for the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Association.

For 18 years, he was social questions secretary of the Scottish Congregational Churches, work which took him to Ulster in the quest to bridge the religious divide and bring peace to the Province.

William also strove for better treatment of the elderly as chairman of the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum and Age Concern’s Spiritual Care Committee.

He represented Scotland on the UK Samaritans Council, helped found Falkirk Citizens Advice Bureau, and was vice-chairman of Argyll and Clyde Health Council.

• Full story at the Lanark Gazette.

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