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Angus Macpherson: Malawi missionary Angus showed courage at the end

Angus Macpherson, who died recently at the age of 83, was a former Bursar of the Corrymeela Community, who also worked with the Presbyterian Church in Malawi.

He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy, and later qualified as an accountant. He worked with the firm Maguire and Patterson before starting his own business, buying Aran wool in the Irish Republic and supplying it to shops in Belfast and Newtownards.

He was ordained as an elder in Duncairn Presbyterian Church in April 1970. He heard of the need for an accountant to help the Church in Malawi, and sold his business to work there, in association with the Overseas Board of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

He travelled with his wife and young family by boat to Cape Town and then drove 2,000 miles overland to Malawi, where he worked from 1971-5. Angus returned to Northern Ireland in the early Troubles and became the Bursar of the Corrymeela Community. He resigned after 11 years, and went back briefly to Malawi, before returning to Belfast, where he was involved with promoting coffee and products associated with Fair Trade and Malawi. He was also a member of various committees, including the Overseas Board of the Presbyterian Church, and he acted as Treasurer for War on Want.

In 2004 he suffered a severe stroke and showed much courage in dealing with his incapacity, with the devoted care of his wife Lois, his family, friends and healthcare workers. He was a member of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church, and a former moderator, the Very Rev Dr John Dunlop, paid a warm tribute in the presence of a large congregation.

He said: "Angus was a Christian and lived like one. He had a lovely way with people, he was compassionate, and he had good social skills. Even when he came to church in a wheelchair, he always had a smile."

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and many friends.

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