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Tributes paid to Barney Fitzpatrick

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Tributes paid to Barney Fitzpatrick thumbnailCouncillor Barney Fitzpatrick who died at the weekend.

ALLIANCE Party leader Naomi Long has led tributes to local councillor Barney Fitzpatrick who died at the weekend.
Mr Fitzpatrick was the party's sole member of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
He was first elected to the old  Coleraine Borough Council in 2006 then retained his seat when four neighbouring authorities merged in 2015.
He died peacefully at Causeway Hospital on Saturday May 5 surrounded by his family
Party leader Naomi Long extended her deepest sympathies on behalf of her colleagues.
"Barney served the local community all his life, first as a police officer and latterly as a local councillor. Even over recent months in failing health, he continued to faithfully and diligently undertake his public duties at the Council. He was a man of deep religious faith, who believed passionately in reconciliation and in healing the divisions in our community.
“Always gracious and generous in his dealings with others, he will be greatly missed by us all in the Alliance Party and by those with whom and for whom he worked on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council." Chris McCaw, Chair of Alliance's East Londonderry Association, said he was inspired to become involved in local politics by Mr Fitzpatrick's vision of a united, progressive Northern Ireland that works for everyone.
"Barney was someone who lived the values of Alliance. He was born in West Belfast and served in the police for over 40 years. He was wounded in the line of duty and yet chose to work for a united community in Northern Ireland, to bring divided communities together."
A graduate from the University of Ulster with a Masters Degree in Legal and Administrative studies incorporating European Law, Mr Fitzpatrick also had a postgraduate diploma in Business studies and management.
He entered politics after retiring from the PSNI having gained the rank of Chief Superintendent  
During his 35-year police career he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for professional Police services to the public. He is the holder of a Royal Humane Award for Bravery and has 11 Commendations for exceptional Police work.
Friend and colleague Yvonne Boyle said it had been a privilege to sit with Barney in Coleraine Borough Council from 2011 to 2015.
"He was a committed and honourable Alliance representative," she added.
“When Alliance was offered the Deputy Mayor post in 2014, Barney graciously allowed me the honour of the role. He was always a reassuring presence on Council and was especially known for his humorous stories."
He leaves behind wife Teresa, to whom he was married for 46 years, and their four children, all of whom live and work in Northern Ireland.
His Funeral Mass will be held in St Mary's Star of the Sea Church, Portstewart on Tuesday at 11.00am followed by interment in Agherton Cemetery.

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