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09:00 - 09 March 2006

Buckie parish priest Monsignor Eddie Traynor died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

Monsignor Traynor, who was 54, had been priest at St Peter's Roman Catholic Church since 1988 and was also a former vicar general of the Diocese of Aberdeen.

Paying tribute last night, Bishop Peter Moran, the Bishop of Aberdeen, said: "Monsignor Traynor had a special gift of looking after the poor and the needy, especially those who fell through the safety net of existing services.

"Father Eddie, as we all knew him, will be remembered as a man of deep prayer and for his great love of the Church.

"His perseverance, courage and prayerfulness during his painful and protracted illness have been an inspiration to those of us who knew him best."

Monsignor Traynor was born in Glasgow and studied civil engineering, computer studies and statistics at university.

He worked as a care assistant for alcoholics and people with learning difficulties before studying for the priesthood.

He served as an assistant in Inverness before becoming parish priest at St Peter's, where he oversaw major restoration work to the building.

Monsignor Traynor was made a prelate of honour by Pope John Paul in 2001 and last year he was appointed a canon of St Mary's Cathedral in Aberdeen, although ill-health prevented him being formally installed.

He is survived by a brother and six sisters.

@ Press and Journal