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Former president of the Camanachd Association and director of Inverness Caley Thistle dies

By Andrew Dixon

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Ken Thomson.
Ken Thomson.

FORMER president of the Camanachd Association and ex Caley Thistle director Ken Thomson died at his home in Inverness yesterday.

The 65-year-old was the Camanachd Association’s first finance convenor and as president he forged close links with Sportscotland which enhanced youth development in shinty.

He steered the association through its centenary celebrations in 1993.

Mr Thomson ran a financial services business and sponsored Strathglass Shinty Club for more than 30 years.

He also served on Caley Thistle's board for 14 of the club's 25 years and was a director of ICT FC Social Club.

A statement from the Camanachd Association said he had been in poor health for some time.

It added: "The thoughts of the shinty community are with his family at this sad time."

He leaves his wife Tan, a son and a daughter.

Caley Thistle chairman Graham Rae paid tribute to the huge contribution made by Mr Thomson during two spells on the board.

“Ken’s commercial and financial expertise were great assets during his long service with the club," he said. "His good humour and diplomacy were also hugely helpful in the boardroom where he brought many great ideas to the table.

“While his first love was shinty, he also loved his football and was so proud that the club lifted the Scottish Cup and qualified to play in Europe in 2015.

"He was respected in the game for the passion he showed and the contribution he made to the game.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone involved with ICT. Our thoughts are with his wife Tan, his children and close friends at this very sad time."

Mr Thomson's first spell on the board was in 1994. For a short period he served as vice-chairman. He stepped down from his second period on the board in 2017.

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