Town says farewell to Hubert

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The Mayor of Ballymoney has expressed his sympathy to the family of Mr Hubert Taggart MBE OBE who did last Friday.

Addressing members at last night’s Council meeting, Cllr John Finlay said: “Hubert was the MD of Hugh Taggart & Sons, Building & Civil Engineering Contractors, based in Ballymoney Town where the family also operated a builders supplies shop in Main Street.

“These long established businesses, operating in our town for more than 70 years, provided much employment, through the construction of public facilities, including housing, schools, hospitals in this area and further afield. Hubert was an astute and highly respected businessman and also made a valuable contribution to business networks including the Chamber of Commerce. He was honoured by Her Majesty with the award of the OBE.

“Hubert demonstrated at all times a constructive interest in the welfare of the people in his local community and was a valued member of the various committees on which he served. He had a keen interest in the development and advancement of our youth and played a very active role in the Boys Brigade movement.

“I have conveyed on my own behalf and on behalf of Council our deepest sympathy to his wife Joan, sons Colin, Aubrey and Robin and the wider family circle.”

One behalf of Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Winnifred Mellet added: “I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Hubert Taggart. A former President of the Chamber and an active member of various groups. His family contracting and builders merchants businesses, among one of the oldest still operating in our town, provided substantial employment over a generation. He will be sadly missed and I convey on behalf of the business community our deepest sympathy to Joan and the family circle.”

Commenting after attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Mr Taggart MBE OBE at Ramoan Presbyterian Church on Sunday North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said: “It was with sadness that I learnt of the passing of Mr Hubert Taggert. Hubert Taggert was someone who made an invaluable contribution to the Economic and Social life of Ballymoney and further afield. The dedication and comittement that he made to the family business of Hugh Taggart and Sons was exemplary and has left a very high standard that will be dificult to replicate.

“I know from family experience that the employment he gave to so many in Ballymoney and the surrounding area was greatly appreciated. For over 50 my late Uncle Bertie McIlhatton enjoyed many happy years working for Hubert. Like so many others he travled across the length and breath of Northern Ireland working on building projects undertaken by Hugh Taggart and Sons. A job with the company was indeed a job for life.

“Hubert also was actively involved in the work of the Boys Brigade and was an honoury President of the organisation. Indeed I often heard my father comment on how Hubert and the company from Ramoan of which he was also a member relished taking part in and winning the Annual Display and Drill held at the Kings Hall in Belfast.

“One of Ballymoney well know and respected gentleman has passed away and we are all the pooer for that. To his wife Joan, sons Colin, Aubrey and Robin, daughters in-law Joan, Karen and Karen, Grand Children Simon, Jason, Darren, Lauren, Jack, Jamie, Rory, Ben and Josh and great-granddaughter Amelie I extend my sincere sympathy and assure the family of our continued prayers and support at this time of bereavement.”