Mr Felix Burns

MR Felix Burns, who died at his home at Ballylig Road, Killough, on June 25, was one of the district’s oldest residents. He was in his 102nd year.

He was born on May 1, 1919, to Ellen and Felix Burns, from Ballykinlar. He celebrated his 100th birthday last year with his family and friends at a large party at his farm.

When Felix was 14 he moved to Ballylig, where he farmed all his life. He and his wife, Isobel, who was from Rossglass, were to be blessed with 13 children. They spent 50 happy years together, but in 1999 Isobel and their eldest son, Oliver, both passed away. It was an incredibly sad time for Felix and his family.

Felix was an extremely popular and well known man throughout the farming community. He was happy and content, and loved to see family arriving as he always had a job for them around the farm. He always appreciated his good neighbours and many friends.

Felix loved horse racing and enjoyed attending the Downpatrick races for many years. He also enjoyed watching football and his weekly trip to the Minerstown Tavern with his old friends, Tam and Henry.

He is survived by his children, Peter, Sean, Kate, Patrick, Eileen, Dee, Eamonn, Kevin, Malachy, Martin, Mary and Anne, and the family circle.

Requiem mass in St Joseph’s Church, Killough, on June 28 was followed by interment at Rossglass. Fr Peter O’Kane officiated.