Tributes paid to prominent businessman

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Tributes have been paid to well known Banbridge businessman Brian Coburn, who passed away at the weekend.

Mr Coburn, whose store is the leading supplier of fishing and shooting goods in the Banbridge District, died at the Southern Area Hospice on Saturday November 8.

Coburns is a landmark business in the town. The shop was established in the 1950s but the grass and seed business itself dates back to 1850 when James Coburn set up the company.

Mr Coburn, who lived on the Ballymoney Road in Banbridge, was the dearly-loved husband of Liz, and devoted father of Norman, Richard and Tracy, as well as a much-loved grandfather.

In 2012, Mr Coburn had spoken publicly about his battle with cancer and was a heavily involved in encouraging people to help with research into cancer.

Mr Coburn, who was diagnosed with Myeloma in 2006, helped form the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum and, speaking to the Leader in 2012, said it proved very effective in bringing together patients, carers and medical staff to discuss research into the disease.

Local MLA Jo-Anne Dobson paid tribute to the local businessman, saying she was “deeply saddened” to learn of his death.

“Brian was a local businessman, fisherman, family man but above all a true gentleman,” said Mrs Dobson.

“His contribution to Banbridge, and the lives that he touched will live long in all our memories.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Brian’s death and send my most profound condolences to his family circle at this difficult time, who are all in my thoughts and prayers.”

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Mr Coburn was being held today (Tuesday) in Bannside Presbyterian at 2pm.

Donations in lieu, if desired, to The Southern Area Hospice (cheques made payable to the nominated charity), c/o James Minnis & Son Funeral Directors, Bann House, 33 Castlewellan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4JQ.