Mr Samuel Pentland

MR Samuel Pentland, of Rocks Chapel Road, passed away in the the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald,  on June 15. He was 79.

Known to all as Sam, he will be fondly remembered as a problem-server with a big heart who was devoted to his family.

Mr Pentland had enjoyed several occupations over his lifetime. He began his working career as a diesel fitter, but his real interest was in the local livestock market where he could usually be found. 

His interest in livestock eventually took him in the direction of starting his own livestock haulage business which he ran for many years.

He then took on a totally different occupation in 1978 when he started a vehicle dismantlers’ yard at Rocks Chapel Road, selling car parts to every county in Ireland.

Mr Pentland was well-known throughout the motor trade but the love of his life, which he enjoyed as a pastime, was horses. 

Unfortunately, bad health forced him to retire early but he still had his love of horses as a way of keeping him busy and in contact with friends.

He was a founding member of Crossgar Horse and Pony Driving Club and could be found most weekends at a driving event somewhere in Ireland. He was also a member of the Northern Ireland Carriage Driving Club for over 30 years.

Mr Pentland is survived by his wife, Marian, sons Billy, David and Matthew, daughters-in-law Jackie and Brenda, son-in-law Chris, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jean.

The Rev Mark Spratt and the Rev Stephen Smyth conducted the funeral service in Kilmore Presbyterian Church on June 18.