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“I am the Resurrection and the Life” says the Lord

Tribute to William James (Billy) Harson
21st May 2020

 

Billy, devoted husband of the late Ethel, much loved father of Rosie and Leslie, beloved father-in-law of Peter and Mark, dearly loved grandfather of Vicky, Louise and Sam, died peacefully on 19th May in Hamilton Nursing Home. A short burial service was held on Thursday 21st May at Rashee Cemetery Ballyclare, where he was laid to rest beside his beloved Ethel. Due to current restrictions, only close family members were in attendance.

Billy, born in Ballynure in 1936, was one of a family of five children. He attended primary school in Ballynure where, after school, the children had a lesson in ground husbandry at a plot adjacent to the school, and here began Billy’s great love of the land and gardening. He then attended Ballyclare High School where he was a member of the school rugby team. On leaving school, Billy got a job in Belfast as a fitter, cycling every day to work from Ballynure. He liked to dance, and it was at the Floral Hall where he met Ethel, offering her a lift home; he had to take the rest of her student nurse pals too! They were married in Ethel’s home town of Ramelton, Donegal, where they would spend many happy weekends. The marriage was blessed with two daughters and three grandchildren. Billy took great delight in his children and played an important part in the grandchildren’s lives too.

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