Ballynure mourns leading RBP member

Johnny Weir.
Johnny Weir.

There was a large attendance at Ballynure Presbyterian Church for the service of thanksgiving for the life of Johnny Weir, who passed away earlier this month.

The service was conducted by Rev James Rodgers, minister of Ballynure.

Mr Weir was born in April, 1938 in Ballybracken, Ballynure; the first-born son of Davy John and Jeannie Weir.

Johnny went to school in Ballynure, leaving when he was 14 to go on to work on the farm, taking overall responsibility in his mid-30s, when his father passed away.

When he was young, Johnny was keen on cycling and enjoyed getting out and about once he was old enough to drive a car, often taking his mother to visit her friends. He enjoyed going to the market in Ballyclare every week, and the chance to chat to other farmers.

He was very much involved in the local Orange and Black institutions, where he made a lot of friends.

Johnny was also a long standing member of the Ballynure congregation.

Rev Rodgers said: “When his mother passed away sadly in 1999, the family remember howJohnny stepped in and coped so well, knew what to do and just got on with things and his brothers and sisters very much appreciated that.

“We’re thankful here to the Lord God for Johnny, for the part he played in his family; for his friendship, and for him being a member of this congregation.

“Johnny’s faith over the last few years became more important to him, taking his communion in Ballynure church. We are thankful for Johnny’s life, for what he meant to his family and friends and church members.”

Johnny is survived by sisters Molly, Margaret, Sally and brothers Jim, David and Hugh.

He was laid to rest at Raloo Cemetery.