Profound sorrow spread throughout Banbridge and indeed further afield when it was learned of the passing at Iveagh House care home of John Stanley Wilson.
Well known around Banbridge, Stanley had been a member of the Salvation Army from the age of seventeen, attending the citadel in Banbridge till its closing and in later life in Lurgan. Often giving a lift to those elderly members of the army still in Banbridge.
A founder member of Banbridge Credit Union, he remained a Director until ill health forced him to stand down.
He was a firm believer in the mutual aspect of the Credit Union and its non-profit role as laid out in its motto “Not for profit, not for charity, but for service.”
Stanley was proud to represent Banbridge throughout Ireland at many Credit Union conferences.
Stanley spent a lifetime in the oil business, first for Esso and later Ross Thompson ltd. He was a frequent visitor throughout the farming community understanding their needs. He loved nothing more than a cup of coffee in the kitchen discussing the seasons and the crops.
Recent ill health saw him confined to Iveagh House but friends from farming often called to keep him up to date.
He is survived by wife Dorothy and brother Sidney and numerous nephews and nieces.
The funeral took place from William Bell and Co. Funeral Home to the New Cemetery.
The service was conducted by Capt. Williamson of the Lurgan Branch of the Salvation Army.
The Hymns ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ and ‘I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship’, the last to the tune of ‘Danny Boy’, a particular favourite of Stanley’s.
The family would like to thank all those who attended the funeral and kindly conveyed their sympathy.
Donations in lieu of flowers are being sent to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR, for the Salvation Army Lurgan Corp.
William Bell and Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.