Bryce was widely respected throughout the district

THE passing of Mr John Bryson (Bryce) Geoghegan took place at his home 56 Legananny Road, Loughbrickland, Banbridge on Monday, March 18.

He was the dearly loved husband of Mabel and devoted father of Carol, Jennifer, Ruth, Judith, Sharon and John.

Bryce, as he was affectionately known to his many friends and acquaintances, was highly respected throughout the district and farmed extensively until he suffered a stroke over 12 years ago. He bore this illness with true Christian fortitude and never complained.

Bryce was predeceased by his sister Betty and brother Sam. He took a keen and devoted interest in everything around the district. He was an amateur photographer and developed his own photographs at home.

A member of the Ulster Farmers Union and of Banbridge Camera Club, he was also was a member of Loughbrickland LOL No 21 and a Sir Knight in King Solomon’s Rising Star RBP No 402 and in recent years was made an honorary member of both organisations. Bryce was a Lecturer in Loughbrickland LOL No 10 District and was president of the Geoghegan Memorial Pipe Band which was named in memory of his father Samuel.

He was a member of the Select Vestry of Aghaderg Parish Church, a Church Warden and member of the choir. However, his main interest was centred around his home and family.

Bryce is survived by his wife Mabel, five daughters - Mrs Carol McCully (Closkelt), Mrs Jennifer Patterson (Ballinaskeagh), Mrs Ruth Steele (Dromara), Mrs Judith Beck (Loughbrickland) and Mrs Sharon Davidson (Markethill), one son John (at home), five sons-in-law, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. To these and all other relatives sincere sympathy has been extended.

The funeral took place from his home on Thursday, March 21, for a service in Aghaderg Parish Church, the church being filled to overflowing. His minister, Rev Peter Thornbury, paid a fitting tribute to the esteem in which Bryce was held.

His daughter Carol and granddaughter Rachel read the lessons and James Fegan, a great nephew, piped as the cortege made its way from the church. The hymns “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended” were sung with Mrs Anne McCullough presiding at the organ. The interment took place 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 Aghaderg Parish Church.

William Bell and Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.