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'Dr Who' & ‘Richard II’ David Tennant’s Father Rev Dr McDonald Passes

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Mar 22, 2016 01:14 AM EDT

Our thoughts are with David Tennant and his loved ones tonight. The former Doctor Who star and current Royal Shakespeare Company Richard II lead lost his father late last week. Rev Dr Sandy McDonald was suffering from a pulmonary fibrosis.

Rev Dr Sandy McDonald served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for a brief period between 1997 and 1998.

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison,the current moderator spoke to reporters about Rev Dr Sandy McDonald’s passing, telling Edinburghnews.scotsman.com:

 “Dr Sandy McDonald was a wonderful man and minister. Genuine love for people was a defining mark of his ministry. He had a special concern for the well-being, at every level, of his fellow ministers. Sandy’s memory will be cherished by many.”

Edinburgh News went on to quote some other members of the Church who they quoted, reporting:

“Beloved figure, widely admired for his fearlessness, generosity and irrepressible high spirits”.

Rev John Chalmers also made a statement about the passing, saying:

“Working with Sandy McDonald was one of the great pleasures of my career in ministry. It was no surprise to me when Sandy called for a serious dialogue on the right to die – he was a man who tempered his views in the light of reality, he was a man who sat lightly to dogma and who preferred faith in action.

“The Church of Scotland needs a new breed of Sandy McDonalds who catch a passion for the good news of Jesus Christ, but whose understanding of the faith is not frozen in time, but develops and matures with new revelation and understanding.”

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