Robert Leighton passed to be with the Lord on 7 February after a very long illness.
Robert was originally from the Falkirk area, and he and Dorothy have enjoyed fellowship at Bruntsfield for over 40 years. His served among older people, including support for the work of Machermore Castle Eventide Home in Newton Stewart over many years, and among young people, including on the Youth Fellowship committee at Bruntsfield. He also distributed the bread and wine at our 10am Breaking of Bread service for a very long time.
Those who knew Robert will remember his enjoyment of music and, especially, his love of the Bible. That shone through in almost every conversation with him, as he would quote a verse of Scripture, pass on a simple but profound thought or recall something he had read or heard about a Bible truth. He enjoyed good preaching, and Jeremy Middleton, former minister at Davidsons Mains (now at Gilcomston in Aberdeen) sent a tribute that was read at the funeral service:
“Robert was a true ‘nobleman’ of the Kingdom, his nobility being that of the Bereans in the way he was careful always, as the Scriptures were preached, to examine them for himself in the well-worn and well-read Bible he invariably carried with him. He was a great encouragement to a preacher, too, not just because of the obvious relish with which he savoured Biblical teaching, but because of his always stimulating and perceptive conversation on leaving a service, offering insights and reflections which had been prompted by the preaching of the Word and which he would invariably share as an encouragement to myself as the preacher.”