Service of remembrance to be held in Wormit before tragic couple are laid to rest

David Rous and Margaret-Ann MacLean
David Rous and Margaret-Ann MacLean

A service of remembrance and celebration of the life of a young Newport couple killed in a plane crash over the Easter weekend is to be held at Wormit Parish Church on Wednesday morning, the day before their funeral in Tiree.

David Rous (28) and his wife, Margaret Ann Maclean (37) were flying from Dundee to Tiree to visit family on Easter Saturday when their light aircraft went off radar in the Beinn nan Lus area of Glen Kinglass, south of Oban.

Their bodies were found, along with the scattered wreckage of their private PA28 Piper Cherokee plane, that night after a huge air, land and sea search.

It emerged this week that the aircraft was not carrying a black box, which will significantly impact on the time it takes for investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

The service in Wormit will be led by Rev Jim Connolly, who married the couple in September, 2012, and the funeral service in Tiree will be conducted by Rev Elspeth MacLean.

The couple’s funeral would be held at Heylipol Church at 2pm, and a large turnout is expected.

Said Rev MacLean: “At the request of the families, this is to be a celebration of the lives of this young, talented, lovely couple and it’s their wish that as many people as possible will attend wearing bright colours.”

Mr Rous, from Gillingham in Kent, was an engineer while his wife, who grew up on Tiree, was a GP in Dundee.

The couple had lived in Newport for two years.