Tragic loss of Mull’s only Vet

The reason why Oban Lifeboat was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to transport Police Scotland officers to the Isle of Mull in the small hours of Thursday morning was the saddest possible.

The evening before, Wednesday 28th October, shortly after 8pm, 29 year old Vet, Theresa Wade , was on her way home from work when her van was involved in a fatal collision on the road between Craignure and Fishnish with a Maserati.

Ms Wade died.

The Maserati was driven by a man who, uninjured, refused at the scene to provide a breath test and refused again at a police station later.

The driver, names as Thomas Wainwright, has been charged with dangerous driving and with the two offences of refusing to provide a breath test.

This is very much an island tragedy, with Theresa Wade an island girl who lived on the island with her partner and whose family had previously run a shop in the township of Bunessan on the Ross of Mull.

Updat note: We had been informed by an island source that Ms Wade’s parent ‘run’ a shop in Bunessan. What we were told, but misheard, was that they ‘ran’ a shop there – in the past but no longer. We apologise for this error.

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  • That is the saddest news for the Island, made even worse by someone thinking they are above the law

    Thoughts are with those left behind RIP

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    MB November 1, 2015 9:54 am Reply
  • Theresa Wade, BVMS(Hons)MRCVS, was a young lady who hailed from the village of Bunessan on the Isle of Mull. She came from a loving family, within a community, that accorded her every encouragement to pursue her childhood ambition to be the vet upon the Isle of Mull, her home. She worked her way through Bunessan primary school and later, moved to the High school in Oban, where once again she dedicated herself to her academic studies.
    By hard won effort, she was awarded the Dux in her final year at High School, for academic achievement.
    In consequence of her attainments, she was admitted to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, where once again by hard won effort, she earned her degree, with Honours, as a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. She almost immediately, was invited to join the practice of the late Mr. Chris Evans, as a Veterinary Surgeon in Fort William. Three years later, she was invited by Mr. James Wilson on Mull, to take over his practice, that encompassed the entirety of the Isles of Mull, Iona and aspects of the mainland too.
    Shall we diminish a single aspect of her accomplishments?
    She brought both credit and honour to her home, her community, her island, to Argyll and indeed to Scotland, by her hard won effort.
    Here, the community lies stunned and shattered by her loss.
    Show me but one who may say otherwise, and we will show the hundreds, upon hundreds who will stand to her defence, that now she cannot tell.
    If this be Scotland, hold her remembrance in your arms and learn to cherish that which was something quite extraordinary. A girl who fought her way from a small community, to a position of huge responsibility before the age of 30.
    The circumstances of her loss are a tragedy beyond measure.
    I, as many more besides her family…. and more, now mourn this awful loss.
    She was an exemplar of that which makes this nation hold its pride in all that might be good. Offer her a gentle prayer good friends.
    She was my partner.

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    Charles E. G. Pease November 2, 2015 12:07 am Reply
    • I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Theresa once, when my sister and I were seeking help re her ( my sister’s) adopted cat. She (Theresa) was enchanting- her engagement with all animals was so obvious- she traced Gypsy’s history and what we needed to do for him. Now I can see her face and remember her voice- what a lovely girl she was and I am so sorry for you and for her family xxxxxxx

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      Catherine Coussens November 17, 2015 6:56 pm Reply
  • Having explored all of the British mainland, and Ireland too, I came to the Isle of Mull with my partner, Janet, over 20 years ago. We loved the island for its sense of peace and the scenery. We wild-camped beside Loch-na-Keil and Loch Scridain, and many other beautiful places. We walked in places where no path existed, and saw no-one all day quite often.
    We went into the local pubs on occasion, and in The Kinloch Hotel we met Charles and I commented on the interesting music playing softly in the background in the bar. We became friends and discussed odd music after the bar had emptied. One evening we were joined in the bar by Trevor, who ran one of the shops in Bunessan, and 3 little girls dressed in black bin liners. They had just come back from climbing Ben More, and apparently it was wet and cold up there, hence the make-do waterproofs!
    Over successive visits to Mull, sometimes 2 or 3 visits per year, we made a point of heading for the Kinloch. In later years we met a variety of temporary bar staff there, and eventually were introduced to young Theresa who was working during school holidays etc. Conversation turned to horses, as Janet is a keen rider and has her own pony, and Theresa’s love of animals was revealed. We became good friends and our visits to Mull were greatly enhanced by the friendship with Charles and Theresa, and felt like part of the community although only there for a few weeks each year. We were very impressed by Theresa’s progress through her veterinary career. If time allowed when we visited, we would go for a walk up Ben Carsaig or Derrynaculen with Charles and Theresa.
    We have many happy memories of Mull, and of the welcome given to us by all the people we know there. It is an absolute tragedy that Theresa’s life should be taken so young, and both Janet and I are very upset by her death, particularly in a road accident on roads she knew so well.
    Our great sympathy goes out to our good friend Charles in his loss, and to Theresa’s parents and her sisters too.
    There seems little we can do from so far away. We will miss her, but on our return to Mull we shall visit the places we went to together. We have a photo we took on a walk up to the peak of Ben Carsaig, showing Theresa sitting on the top of the trig point there. We shall always think of her spirit being there looking down on all her friends on the island.
    Ian Baker……..somewhere in rural Essex

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    Ian Baker November 4, 2015 2:11 pm Reply
  • well said charles she was an absolute treasure to the isle of mull

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    katie mcewan November 5, 2015 11:14 pm Reply

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