Well known farmer passes away

Local farmer Mr Samuel Radcliffe passed away recently, at the age of 84.

Samuel was the dearly loved husband of Agnes and father to Hilda, Brian and Joan.

He was the eldest son of the late John and Ethel Radcliffe and brother to Andrew and Fred,

Samuel was born on 18 October 1929. He attended Ballydown Primary School, leaving at 14 years of age to come home to the family farm.

Mr Radcliffe became well known in farming circles with his involvement with Annaclone and Magherally Young Farmers, travelling to the different areas as judge for sheep and beef, stock judging for many years.

Samuel met and married Agnes Thompson and they enjoyed 51 years of married life, during which they were blessed with three children.

Apart from farming and family, Samuel’s other main interest was Second Annaclone Presbyterian Church, where he served the congregation as an elder for 43 years.

He enjoyed the game of bowls and was captain of Second Annaclone Indoor Bowling Club.

A man of outgoing and friendly disposition, his main interest was centred around home and family and in later years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; Simon, Aaron, Sarah, Jessica, Samara and Katy. They were his pride and joy and he enjoyed a wonderful relationship with all of them.

Samuel is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, sons-in-law Philip and John, daughter-in-law Sharon, grandchildren and two brothers.

To these and all other relatives sincere sympathy has been extended.

Samuel’s funeral took place privately from his home to a well-attended service in Second Annaclone Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Brian Martin officiating at home, church and graveside.

The hymns ‘How lovely is thy dwelling place’ and ‘When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound’ were sung.

Mrs Pauline Kirkland presided at the organ.

The interment took place in the adjoining churchyard.

Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu of flowers are being sent to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Second Anaghlone Presbyterian Church.

William Bell and Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.