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'I am the Resurrection and the Life' says the Lord

2024

Anne Adams
10th May 2024

Anne, wife of the late Colin and mother to Gavin and Julie, passed away unexpectedly in Antrim Area Hospital on Wednesday 1st May. A funeral service was held for her in Carnmoney Parish Church on Friday 10th May, followed by her burial in Carnmoney Cemetery.

Anne was brought up with her younger sister Edith, on Mountcollyer Road, where the family attended St Paul’s Church nearby. During the war she and Edith were evacuated to Guildford in England but returned to Belfast where Anne started at Mountcollyer Grove Primary School when she was six. Soon after, she also joined the junior choir at St Paul’s, even though she couldn’t sing! Jobs were to follow at Northern Publishing Stationary Shop, Cotter’s Kitchen Restaurant and Cyril Lord’s carpet shop before she met Colin at a dance in the Floral Hall. They were married on 17th June 1966, moving up to Glengormley and into a house in Harmin Drive for a few months before moving into their new home on the Mountainvale Road, a place that remained Anne’s home ever since. And in the years that followed, Anne stopped working, becoming a full-time mother as Gavin and then Julie were born, and Anne set about supporting them enjoying her role as a homemaker.

Over the years, she and the family also enjoyed a number of holidays abroad as well as days out in Northern Ireland, and Anne was always the one behind all the organising of such trips. Throughout her life, she enjoyed music and dancing and also shopping trips and will be remembered by everyone as a kind and generous woman who always thought of others.

In 2015, at a time when she herself was ill in hospital, her husband, Colin, died suddenly from a stroke, and Anne had to return to an empty home. She missed him these last nine years but continued to enjoy her shopping trips out with Gavin on a regular basis. Although beginning to fail, her unexpected death is untimely. She will be missed and our prayers are with her family at this sad time.

Jacqueline Crawford-Murray
2nd May 2024

Jacqueline (known as Jackie), wife to Tommy and mother of Marcus, Darren and Stephen, died after a stay in both the Royal and City Hospitals, passing away in the early hours of Thursday 25th April. A funeral service was held for her in Carnmoney Parish Church on Thursday 2nd May, followed by a cremation at Antrim and Newtownabbey Crematorium.

Jackie was the fourth youngest of five children and was brought up in the old schoolhouse at the end of Church Road. Her father Jack being the sexton at Carnmoney, right from an early age, Jackie was involved in helping him out in jobs around the church, which included cleaning, stoking the fire and polishing the silver, ready for Sunday services. She went to school at Glengormley Primary and then Greymount but left at fifteen to join her sister Hennie, working in the hairdressers on Farmley Road in Glengormley. She met and married her first husband, also called Jackie, in 1970, and in the years that followed, their three sons, Marcus, Darren and Stephen, were born. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last, and Jackie went to live and work in Monkstown, however some time later she met Tommy in Whitehouse Working Men’s Club. They were married in 1997, having moved in to Jackie’s dream house, 6 Lacken Way, a place that she quickly re-designed and made her own.

In the years that followed, she and Tommy enjoyed a number of foreign holidays but were never happier than when they were boating and people watching during their times with the boys on Lough Erne in Fermanagh. Jackie enjoyed a number of hobbies, including knitting and reading and also loved her soaps, and everyone knew not to visit when they were on TV. In her later years, Jackie did experience a number of health issues, including a massive heart attack in 2017 which she surprised everyone by recovering from. However after stays in hospital from Christmas onwards, she finally passed away peacefully surrounded by all her family. Our prayers are with them at this sad time.

Kathleen Morrison
25th April 2024

Kathleen or Kate, devoted wife of over sixty years to Jim and mother to Jacqueline and Jim, died after a short illness in the Mater hospital on 18th April.  A funeral service was held for her at Carnmoney Parish Church on Thursday 25th April followed by a cremation at Antrim and Newtownabbey Crematorium. Kathleen was the oldest of eight children, and although born in Kent, spent most of her childhood between Moira and the lower Shankil Road. She attended Hemsworth Street School before beginning work at Hall’s Brush Factory in Brown’s Square.  She and her husband-to-be Jim met on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend when Kate was only sixteen, and within a year they were married in St Stephen’s Church, their daughter Jacqueline being born a year later.  Six years later their son Jim was born, completing the family.  In 1972 they moved to Glengormley, settling well into their new community, and Kate returned to work once the children were old enough, enjoying jobs in various places.  She loved her home and was gifted in design and wallpapering, and often Jim would return home to find that a room had been redecorated and rearranged.  Kate loved reading and her music, and in later years, she and Jim developed a love for foreign travel, visiting Italy, France and America.  She had found the Covid years very difficult due to suffering with C.O.P.D. and lost a lot of confidence as a result and sadly contracted pneumonia and had a stroke in February which required two stays in hospital where she sadly passed away. Our prayers are with her family at this sad time.

Charles Gracey
13th April 2024

Charles, the middle son of Norma and Charlie and brother to Dana and Marty, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness near his home in Scotland on 14th March.  After his cremation in Scotland, a special Memorial Service was held for him in Carnmoney Parish Church on Saturday 13th April. 

Charles was born in Gardener Rob Hospital and weighed a whopping 13lb 1oz when he was born. He went to Abbots Cross Primary School, Rathcoole Primary and Glengormley High School, but it has to be said he was much more interested in playing out in the countryside than in pursuing his studies! On leaving school he went to work at New Coat Paints in Mallusk, and it was here that he met his wife, Samantha, and they were married in the Parish Church on 25th January 1986; the following years were spent bringing up their three children Julianne, Aaron and Charlie.  Sadly the marriage didn’t last, and he and Samantha separated after eleven years, and seeking a new life, Charlie moved to Liverpool and eventually to Scotland.  During later years he had lost contact with many in his family but still rang his mother Norma regularly and attended her 90th birthday party back in Glengormley. He had complained of feeling ill and had been advised to visit the doctor but sadly never made it, suffering a huge heart attack near his home.  His ashes will be buried at a future date, meanwhile our prayers are with his family at this sad time.

William James Noel Arnott
26th March 2024

Noel, beloved husband of the late Mary, adored father to Noel, Michelle and Denise, much loved father-in-law to Andrea, Peter and Jerry and cherished granda of Michael, Joshua, Katherine, Anna, Nathaniel, Lydia, Martha Rose and Seraphina, died peacefully on 20th March 2024.  A service celebrating his life was held in the church on Tuesday 26th March and afterwards to Newtownabbey Crematorium.

Noel was born on 29th July 1929 in Belfast to Hannah and Robert and spent his early years on and around the Old Lodge and Lower Shankill Roads.  Both his parents had impaired vision. It was a stormy relationship which resulted in Hannah bringing up Noel on her own.  He attended Eglinton Street Primary School and later St Enoch’s PE in Carlisle Circus.  With his mother and a foster brother, Henry, to look out for, Noel took his role very seriously and got work after school to help with the household expenses.  One of his first jobs was collecting wastepaper at five shillings a hundredweight - it was a decent job.  He then worked for the Belfast Telegraph, delivering papers in a horse and cart - feeling like Ben Hur when he got the chance to take the reins.  At sixteen, he was very fortunate to get a job in the shipyard as a trainee welder - the University of Life he called it, with plenty of stories not to be told in this magazine!

After a short stint in Canada, Noel returned home and got involved in the Belfast Newsboys Club, which is where he met his wife to be Mary.  He had to work hard to get his first date, but eventually romance blossomed and they were married on 27th December 1954.  They then went to Canada to live but returned after four years with their two children, Noel and Denise, and another one on the way, Michelle.  They set up home in Rathcoole, then Elmfield Road.  Noel then worked in the Felden Centre where he was the chief instructor, later becoming the recreation officer for all the training centres, a job he really loved.  Talented, yes, Noel was a great raconteur, telling stories and playing the banjo.  And of course he was well known in wrestling circles where he was known as Blackie Arnott - the referees’ nightmare.

Noel worked hard all his life, carried along by his indomitable spirit and sense of humour, providing for and loving his wife and family.  He will be much missed by family and friends, and we commend them to your thoughts and prayers.

Sarah Hamilton (Shirley) Gorman
21st March 2024

Shirley, much loved wife of the late Robert (Bobbie) Gorman and beloved mother of Sandra, Elaine and Brian, died peacefully surrounded by her family on 13th March 2024.  A celebration of her life was held in the church on Thursday 21st March - and then to Newtownabbey Crematorium.

Sarah was the middle of three children.  Jamesey, Sarah and Joan were born in Clanmorris Street, Belfast.  When she was young, Sarah’s angelic face was framed with curls - thus she was nicknamed Shirley (Temple), and she remained Shirley all her days.  After school, Shirley worked in Jennymount Mill as a spinner and stayed there until she got married.  She met Bobbie Gorman in Boneybefore - minding his bike and half crown for him while he went in for a swim.  The rest was history - they had bought their house in Elmwood Crescent the year before they were married and lived there all their lives together - raising the three children.

As the children grew, Shirley went back to work, ending up as head cook in the canteen of a school in Rathcoole.  As well as looking after the family, Shirley was a great knitter and needle woman, and she enjoyed cooking the produce she had grown in the garden - tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb.  Their family grew over the years - twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren with two more on the way!  Sadly, Bobbie died six years ago, and the shock of his sudden passing affected Shirley greatly.  But she did her best to keep going for her family.

Family was everything to Shirley; she excelled at her role of  wife, mother, granny and great-granny.  All of her children told fond stories of family life.  Camping holidays in England, Scotland and Ireland, holidays in Spain.  Friday nights were a popular gathering night for stew and jelly and ice-cream (three colours of jelly!).  At Christmas, present opening was always done at Elmwood - great-grandchildren telling stories of presents flowing out from the tree to the middle of the room.  Shirley lived a very full and happy life which was family orientated.  She was a person who spent her life caring about and caring for others.  She was kind, generous, loving and the family said, “It was a privilege to call her mother.”  She will be much missed and we commend her family to your thoughts and prayers.

Georgina Harrison
4th March 2024

Georgie, wife of Brendan, mother of Sean and older sister to Patsie, Ellen, Martin and Thomas, passed away unexpectedly in hospital on Wednesday 28th February.  A funeral service was held for her in her home on Monday 4th March, followed by her burial in Carnmoney East Cemetery later that morning.


Originally from Eglinton Street near the Crumlin Road, Georgie was the oldest of five children and adopted that caring and responsible attitude throughout her life.  On leaving Hensworth School at fourteen, she worked in Ewart’s Mill and then at the brush factory in Brown’s Square.  She met the love of her life, Brendan, whilst dancing in the Orpheus, and they were married on 14th February 1970 in St Patrick’s with only two witnesses present.  Their son, Sean, was born the following year, and the family lived in the New Lodge area before buying their family home on the Antrim Road in 1983.  In these years, Georgie worked in the stitching factory before moving into the fruit and veg trade with Brendan, having first a market stall and then a shop.  In 1992 they almost lost their lives when, being opposite the police station on the Antrim Road, their house was badly damaged when a bomb went off, and it was two years before they were able to move back in due to the damage caused.


 In 2014, Georgie was forced to retire due to bad health but was delighted when Sean moved back home to look after her.  In her last years, she enjoyed her music and also spending time with her sisters as well as Brendan and Sean.  She will be sadly missed by all her family, and our prayers are with them all.

Henry Alexander Hamilton (Harrry)
4th January 2024

Harry, dearly loved and loving husband of Lorinda, died peacefully on 26th December. A service of thanksgiving and a celebration of his life was held in the Parish Church (where he served God for 27 years) on Thursday 4th January 2024, followed by committal in Antrim and Newtownabbey Crematorium.

Born on 18th April 1948 in Abbeyville Street, Whiteabbey, to Annie and Henry Hamilton, Harry was the fourth child in a family of twelve - explaining Harry’s quiet nature - he was a listener and an observer of the life going on all around him. Harry went to Whiteabbey Primary School and then on to Hopefield Secondary. Leaving school, he worked firstly in Henry Campbell’s in Mossley and then on to Grieves Mill in Whiteabbey. He had a happy childhood, and his family shared memories of his skipping prowess - his raiding of orchards when he was a nipper, his culinary skills - learning from his mistakes, one of which was “carvable” soup! Whatever he was doing, he was always, from a young age, helpful - on one occasion delivering milk by hand to families in Monkstown when the big snow of 1963 put a stop to the milkman’s deliveries. Harry was always ready to go that extra mile - literally in this case.

The night he met the love of his life Lorinda - he had never even spoken to her, but on seeing her for the first time said to his mate, “That’s the girl I am going to marry” and he did, in the Church where they would spend 27 years working side by side. They very recently celebrated forty years together. It was easy to see the great love and respect they held for one another - characterised in their easy banter and their concern for one another.

Harry was an enthusiastic member of Carnmoney Bowling Club. He also dabbled at golf and tennis, thanks to Lorinda, when he played at Colin Montgomery’s golf course in Maynooth and played a few tennis matches at the famous Queen’s Club in London; and Lorinda has the photographs to prove it! Harry was an integral part of Parish life. He was funny, caring, always helpful, always willing to do what he could, quietly going about his business. He had a big presence and will be deeply missed by all in the Parish and his brothers and sisters, but most especially by Lorinda.

We thank God for his life and the years he shared with us, and we commend him to God’s compassion, and his family to His comfort and your thoughts and prayers.

2023

Robert (Bobby) Brown

Died 9th December 2023

In Memoriam - January 2024 Review

John Alexander "Johnny" Conn

Died 29th November 2023

In Memoriam - January 2024 Review

Nell McQueen

Died 5th November 2023
In Memoriam - December 2023 Review

Elizabeth “Betty” Connolly
Died 27th October 2023
In Memoriam - December 2023 Review

John Gamble

Died 27th October 2023

In Memoriam - December 2023 Review

George Kirk

Died 14th October 2023

In Memoriam - November 2023 Review

Joan Johnston

Died 8th October 2023

In Memoriam - November 2023 Review

Mary Couser

Died 3rd October 2023

In Memoriam - November 2023 Review

James Moore Cullins

Died 21st September 2023

In Memoriam - January 2024 Review

Hilda Kyle

Died 14th August 2023

In Memoriam - September 2023 Review

Billy Robinson

Died 23rd June 2023

In Memoriam - September 2023 magazine

Mavis Johnston

Died 21st June 2023

In Memoriam - September 2023 magazine

Frances Bloomfield

Died 9th May 2023
In Memoriam - June 2023 magazine

Elizabeth Margaret Coyle
Died 13th April 2023
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2022

Jean Rafter
Dies 1st March 2022
In Memoriam - April 2022 Review

Henrietta McCrea

Died 2nd May 2022
In Memoriam - June 2022 Review

Barry Finnegan
Died 20th May 2022
In Memoriam - June 2022 Review

Maureen Thompson

Died 4th July 2022

In Memoriam - September 2022 Review

John Seeds

Service held on 14th July 2022

In Memoriam - September 2022 Review

Marian Magowan

Died 25th August 2022

In Memoriam - October 2022 Review

Ruby McCullough

Died 11th September 2022

In Memoriam -  October 2022 Review

Sandra Jackson

Service held on 21st November

In Memoriam - October 2022 Review

Roberta Gibson

Died 21st November 2022

In Memoriam - January 2023 Review

Margaret Conn

Died 25th November 2022

In Memoriam - January 2023 Review

Janet Crilly

Died 3rd December 2022
In Memoriam - January 2023 Review

John Cherry
Died 3rd December 2022
In Memoriam - January 2023 Review

2021

Elizabeth Reid
Died 13th January 2021
In Memoriam - February 2021 Review

Mary McAdam
Died 19th January 2021
In Memoriam - March 2021 Review

Joan Dodds

Died 16th February 2021
In Memoriam - March 2021 Review

Eileen Kane

Funeral: 19th April 2021

Mabel McKee

Funeral: 1st May 2021

William Courtney

Funeral: 25th May 2021

Helen Isabel Gillespie

Died 3rd June 2021
In Memoriam - July/August 2021 Review

Joan Hill

Died 14th September 2021
In Memoriam - October 2021 Review

Elizabeth 'Lillian' Beckinsale

Died 22nd September 2021
In Memoriam - November 2021 Review

Mary McGavock

Died 2nd October 2021
In Memoriam - November 2021 Review

Agnes Ford

Died 12th October 2021
In Memoriam - November 2021 Review

Sharon Conway

Died 13th October 2021
In Memoriam - November 2021 Review

Karen Elizabeth Jane Brown

Died 28th October 2021
In Memoriam - December 2021 Review

Edit Scott

Died 20th November 2021
In Memoriam - January 2022 Review

David Jenkins

Died 10th December 2021
In Memoriam - January 2022 Review

Bert Sheppard

Died 19th December 2021
In Memoriam - February 2022 Review

Shirley Lacey

Died 23rd December 2021
In Memoriam - February 2022 Review

2020

Lorna Munn
Died 20th January 2020
In Memoriam - February 2020 Review

Betty Stewart
Died 28th January 2020
In Memoriam - March 2020 Review

Jim Keery
Died 28th March 2020
In Memoriam - June 2020 Review

Edith Watters
Died 23rd April 2020
In Memoriam - June 2020 Review

Linda Allen
Died 6th May 2020
In Memoriam - June 2020 Review

Molly McHenry
Died 13th May 2020
In Memoriam - June 2020 Review

William James (Billy) Harson
Died 19th May 2020
In Memoriam - June 2020 Review

Jim Speers
Funeral: 28th May 2020

Sam McCrea
Died 3rd June 2020
In Memoriam - July/August 2020 Review

Ruth Walker
Died 7th June 2020
In Memoriam - July/August 2020 Review

Tom Donald
Died 2nd July 2020
In Memoriam - September 2020 Review

Ruth Harrison
Funeral - 20th July 2020
In Memoriam - September 2020 Review

Hubert Dodds
Funeral - 12th August 2020
In Memoriam - September 2020 Review

Ava Moira, Yvonne Simango
Funeral - 13th September 2020

David Heatley
Died 3rd November 2020
In Memoriam - December 2020 Review

Elizabeth Helen Roberts
Died 18th November 2020
In Memoriam - December 2020 Review

Anna Brandon
Died 22nd November 2020
In Memoriam - December 2020 Review

Norma Baird
Died 13th December 2020
In Memoriam - February 2021 Review

2019

Betty Mottram
Died 7th February 2019
In Memoriam - March 2019 Review

Eileen Carlisle
Died 11th March 2019
In Memoriam - April 2019 Review

Jean Howell
Died 16th March 2019
In Memoriam - April 2019 Review

Margaret Frances Wilson
Died 9th April 2019
In Memoriam - May 2019 Review

June Hosick
Died 24th May 2019
In Memoriam - July/August 2019 Review

David Connolly
Died 23rd May 2019
In Memoriam - July/August 2019 Review

Joan Mills
Died 9th June 2019
In Memoriam - July/August 2019 Review

Matthew Courtney
Died 17th June 2019
In Memoriam - July/August 2019 Review

William (Billy) Dowzell-Box
Died 22nd June 2019
In Memoriam - September 2019 Review

Jim Ramsey
Died 22nd July 2019
In Memoriam - September 2019 Review

William (Billy) McKee
Died 3rd August 2019
In Memoriam - September 2019 Review

Thomas Mitchell
Died 27th August 2019
In Memoriam - October 2019 Review

Jean Bates
Died 17th September 2019
In Memoriam - October 2019 Review

William (Billy) James Carlisle
Died 1st November 2019
In Memoriam - December 2019 Review