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Politician Charles Kennedy is laid to rest in Highlands

By Lynsey Bews

Published 13/06/2015

Pallbearers carry the coffin of former Lib Dems leader Charles Kennedy following his funeral at St John’s Church in Fort William yesterday
Pallbearers carry the coffin of former Lib Dems leader Charles Kennedy following his funeral at St John’s Church in Fort William yesterday
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Family, friends and figures from across the political spectrum have gathered in a Scottish village to mourn the loss of Charles Kennedy, a politician praised for his humility and remembered for his ties to his humble roots.

Hundreds of people attended a funeral Mass for the former Liberal Democrat leader at the St John the Evangelist church in Caol, Fort William, in the Highlands. The father-of-one died suddenly at his home on June 1 aged 55. His friend of 40 years Brian McBride described him as "a hugely sensitive man, with no ego at all" who always put others first, and was dedicated to public service.

Preaching the homily, parish priest Father Roddy McAuley said Mr Kennedy was a "much-loved and respected parishioner" who will be "sorely missed".

His ex-wife Sarah Kennedy, 10-year-old son Donald, partner Carole MacDonald and family members were joined by hundreds of local people, as well as figures from across the political parties.

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