Mr. Walter Burns

MR. Walter Burns, who has died aged 96, was one of Downpatrick’s oldest residents who had a lifelong affection for Down Cathedral.

Mr. Burns had a strong faith and lived his life according to Christian principles. He had a gentle and unassuming nature, was always courteous and enjoyed meeting people, particularly visitors to the cathedral where he worshipped for most of his life and in later years helped in the cathedral shop.

He was born in Belfast, but moved to Downpatrick with his mother following the death of his father at an early age. He completed his schooling at the Southwell School before joining the Down County Council administration which was based at Downpatrick Courthouse.

Mr. Burns was devoted to his wife, Nell, whose passing in 1996 hurt him deeply.

He was a member of the Orange Order and secretary of Ballylone Lodge for 50 years. He was a keen photographer and was a member of Portaferry Camera Club and later Strangford Camera Club.

Mr. Burns was in remarkably good health for most of life. Last August he moved to Ardview House residential home in Ardglass which he enjoyed greatly and where he received outstanding care.

Dean Henry Hull conducted the funeral service at Down Cathedral on Monday, after which Mr. Burns was interred in the adjoining churchyard.

Mr. Burns is survived his sister, Eileen. He was predeceased by his brother, Billy, and another sister, Mollie.