Death of one of village’s oldest residents

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THE death has taken place of one of Stranocum’s oldest residents.

Mr David Patton passed away on August 4 at the Causeway Hospital. He would have been 93 in September.

A highly respected figure in the community, Mr Patton lived on the Livery Road and had four daughters, Phyllis, Carol, Joan and Anne.

Mr Patton had an in-depth knowledge of the history of Stranocum and recently made a valuable contribution to a new book which is being compiled at present charting the historical data of the village up to 150 years ago.

He attended a meeting in the Community hall earlier this year when the project was official launched and made him-self available for interview by the book’s authors providing vital information that few others could have given.

On the night Mr Patton proved a popular figure with his insight into the people, buildings and stories of the past.

The project leader of the initiative, Nicola Lennon, interviewed Mr Patton on behalf of Stranocum and District Community Association and his contribution will be one of the main features.

Many associated with the book and others have expressed regret that Mr Patton will not be around to see the launch around Christmas.

Mr Patton, who was predeceased by his wife, Catherine, was buried at Bushvale Presbyterian Church following a service.