Retired postman Tom was respected by all who knew him

Robert Thomas (Tom) Crookshanks

PROFOUND sorrow spread throughout the district at news of the recent passing, in Belfast City Hospital, of Dromore man Robert Thomas (Tom) Crookshanks (75), formerly of Mount Street.

The eldest son of the late Bobby and Lil Crookshanks (Dromore), Tom was the dearly loved and devoted husband of (Mary Elizabeth) Lily, whom he lovingly cared for when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 40 years ago.

Predeceased by a sister, Mina, the retired postman is survived by wife, Lily; son Mr. Roy Crookshanks (Dromore) and his fiancee Lana; daughters Mrs. Joanne Moore and Mrs. Wendy Best and sons-in-law Alan and Steven, (all Dromore), grandchildren Stacey, Jamie, Sophie, Jade, Thomas and Josh; great-grandchild Ryan, and brothers Mr. Dermott Crookshanks and Mr. David Crookshanks (both Dromore).

Tom was much loved and respected by all in the community and widely known as a man with a cheery disposition which endeared him to all who knew him. His main interests were centred around his home and his family and it is there that his passing will be most sadly felt.

Having previously worked in Mackeys, Belfast and Bridgeport Brass in Lisburn, he finished his working life as a postman in and around the Dromara district, where he was well known and loved.

He was a loyal, dedicated and lifelong member of First Presbyterian (Non-Subscribing) Church, Dromore and an enthusiastic member of the Church choir, who paid their own tribute to him during the funeral service by leading the congregation in singing two of his favourite hymns ‘Trust and Obey’ and ‘Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken’, as well as a special anthem of praise.

The large assembly of mourners heard fitting tribute paid by by the Rev. Sam Peden - a close personal friend for many years - who officiated at the home, church and graveside, assisted by the Rev. Norman Hutton. Organist was Mrs. Miriam Plunkett,

The interment took place in the adjoining churchyard. Funeral arrangements were by John Gamble, Funeral Director, Dromore.

Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu may be sent, if desired, to John Gamble (Funeral Directors), 7 Meeting Street, Dromore, BT25 1AQ for First Presbyterian (Non-Subscribing) Church, Dromore Building Fund.