The passing of William Albert Curran occurred suddenly at his home 17 Locard Park, Tullylish, Gilford, in the early hours of New Year’s Day morning.
He was the dearly loved husband of Edith May Curran. Albert and Edith had been married for some 49 years.
He was a man of a quiet and friendly disposition and upright character and was highly respected in whichever circles he moved.
Albert had lived in Gilford for a short time and then after his marriage had lived in Ballyward for some two years before coming to live in Locard Park.
He attended Knocknagore School and after this had gone to work in Donacloney Factory. For a short time he worked on his own account with Eddie Anderson in the building trade.
He was identified with the Orange and Black Institutions being a past master of Gilford District LOL No 13, a past master of his own number 940 and was a member of RBP No 66. He was a honorary member of Gilford Apprentice Boys.
A keen sportsperson, he followed the fortunes of Glasgow Rangers and Linfield Football Clubs. A keen enthusiast of motorcycles he would have attended the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.
He loved the thrill of the pipes and would have attended many pipe band contests. He would have watched the games of Waringstown Cricket Club.
He was member of All Saints Parish Church, Tullylish and would have never missed Sunday Worship but his main interest was centred around his wife and home.
He is survived by his wife Edith, sister Beatrice (Portadown), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces. To these and all other relatives sincere sympathy has been extended.
The funeral took place from his home on Saturday for a service in All Saints Parish Church which was filled to capacity.
Captain Gary Roberts gave an inspiring address and was assisted by the Lay Reader Mr Dougie Barr.
The hymns ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Nearer My God To Thee’ were sung. Mr Jonathan Glass presided at the organ.
The interment took place afterwards in the adjoining Churchyard. Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu are being sent to William Bell and Co Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Missions for the Blind and All Saints Parish Church (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.)
William Bell and Co. had charge of the funeral arrangements.