Funeral of Helen Eadie MSP takes place

 

Hundreds of people from communities across the Cowdenbeath constituency and from across the political spectrum gathered at Dalgety Bay Parish Church to celebrate the life of Helen Eadie MSP who sadly died recently.

Her coffin was draped in a Union flag.

Gordon Brown MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath led the tributes at the funeral service of Mrs Eadie who had been a MSP since 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was established.

Rev Christine Sime led the warm service which paid tribute to the life and work of the Labour MSP who was born in Stenhousemuir and died aged 66 of cancer.

Mr Brown described Helen Eadie as a “woman of the people”.  He said: “It was her warmth in her dealings with everyone that marks her out as so special and we will never forget her friendly, bright, welcoming smile.

“There’s a hero who lives among us, who gets on with doing good things, who is active beyond the call of duty and who unceremoniously makes a difference in our lives, asking for nothing in return.  Helen was that person, that hero. Helen with that great way of making everyone she met feel special.

Mrs Eadie’s ashes will be scattered on Inchcolm island near Dalgety Bay and Braefoot Bay.

Political party leaders Alex Salmond, First Minister, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie  and former MP Henry McLeish attended the funeral.

Helen’s daughters Fiona and Jemma read an extract of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’.  Former Falkirk Labour MSP Cathie Peattie, mother of Dunfermline’s new MSP Cara Hilton, sang Ae Fond Kiss.  Helen also leaves behind her life-long partner and husband, Bob Eadie.

Here is a clip of Helen Eadie being interviewed about the expansion of a local day care centre for the elderly:

 

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