War evacuee who returned to town

Mr Samuel Andrews passed away at his home on Friday, June 14, after a short illness.

He was the dearly loved husband of Ida and was the much-loved dad of Wendy, Russell and Gail.

Sammy was evacuated during the war to Banbridge and after the war returned to Belfast. After a time he came back to Banbridge and met Miss Ida Russell and they were married 60 years ago in 1953.

He was a plasterer by trade and he ran a very successful building business.

A great loss was sustained when one of his grandchildren, Gavin, died at an early age but his main interest was centred around his home and family, and it is here that his passing will be mostly felt.

He is survived by his wife Ida; two daughters - Mrs Wendy Osborne (Strangford) and Mrs Gail McFall (Cookstown); one son - Mr Russell Andrews (Lisburn); sons-in-law Bill and Greg, daughter-in-law Christine, grandchildren Claire, Christopher, Graeme, Gemma, Jessica, Natalie and great-granddaughter Emily.

The funeral took place privately from his home on Sunday for a service in Holy Trinity. The hymns ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended’ were sung. Mr Roly Anketell presided at the organ.