Community bid sad farewell to Brian Simpson

Jean and Brian Simpson with Cllr Sandra Hunter pictured at the Ballycastle and District New Year's Day Ploughing Match at the Giants Causeway last year.INBM08-14 207F
Jean and Brian Simpson with Cllr Sandra Hunter pictured at the Ballycastle and District New Year's Day Ploughing Match at the Giants Causeway last year.INBM08-14 207F

A prominent member of the local farming community has passed away.

Brian Simpson had been unwell for a long period and died peacefully on Monday last week at his home on the Moyarget Road, Carrowreagh, Armoy .

Mr Simspon, a popular and respected figure in the community, will be remembered for many things but, in particular, his association with and love of ploughing.

He was secretary of Ballycastle and District Tractor Ploughing Society and always ensured the smooth running of the competition which traditionally takes place on New Year’s Day.

In this connection, his name was known throughout the province and he was held in the highest esteem by enthusiasts of the time-honoured event.

Brian paid particular care and attention to ensuring the smooth running of the the annual dinner and any other business conducted by the Society.

Always cheerful, he was a good friend of the media and as an official of the Society did all he could to facilitate publicity and portray a good image.

A successful farmer and businessman. Brian will be missed by a wide circle of friends but he will be forever remembered as a true gentleman.

The funeral took place last Wednesday at Ramoan Presbyterian Church with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Brian is survived by his wife, Jean, and children, Irene, Wilbert and the late Samuel. He was a grandfather of Andrew, Kathryn, Laura and William.