The man they called ‘Mr Football’ in Ballycastle died on Thursday last.
Billy Watson was chairman of Ballycastle United FC and helped guide the club to cup success in the Coleraine and District League.
His efforts for United and, previously, with Moyle FC, earned him the respect of club officials and players across the region.
His dedication and commitment to the game was acknowledged when he was received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ trophy at the Moyle Sports Advisory Committee awards two years ago.
This is the highest accolade made by the Advisory Committee and the man who made the presentation, Tyrone GAA manager, Mickey Harte, joined the chorus of praise for Mr Watson.
A Scotsman by birth, Mr Watson, who was in his early 60s, had been a resident of Ballycastle for many years, residing at Ann Street. He was employed by Moyle District Council and was popular with his colleagues at Sheskburn.
The community has been shocked and saddened by Mr Watson’s passing and sympathy is extended to his wife, Mary, and family, Brenda, Allan and Liam.
The funeral took place on Monday from his home to St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s Church, Ballycastle, where Requiem Mass was celebrated. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.