Funeral of Mr. Andrew McFarland

The local community has been saddened by the sudden death of Ballymena man Andrew McFarland.

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 1:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th July 2016, 2:35 pm
2014 Charity climb: David Forsey of ABF The Soldiers' Charity, signs the Visitors book at a reception hosted by Mayor of Ballymena Cllr Audrey Wales for local men who are embarking on the grueling Five Peaks Challenge to raise funds for ABF. The team of Adam Dunlop, Jonathan Clail, Philip Gillespie, Dave Kane, and Andy McFarland were accompanied by Nichola Elder, Robert Gillespie, Kirsty Crawford, Claire Todd, Gemma McFarland and Cllr Hubert Nicholl. INBT 23-101JC

Mr. McFarland, who had served with great distinction in the Royal Irish Regiment, passed away at his home at Rosses Meadows, Ballymena on July 12.

He was the dearly loved husband of Gemma, loving daddy of Tamzin, Scott and Jay, darling son of Betty and Alan, dear brother of Derek, Amanda and Scott.

His Funeral Service will be held in Green Pastures Church, Galgorm on Friday at 2.00pm, followed by interment in Cullybackey New Cemetery.

The family have requested that donations in lieu of flowers should (if desired) go to ‘Combat Stress’ c/o Logan’s Funeral Services, 12 The Diamond, Ahoghill, BT42 1JZ.

Family and friends are welcome to call at his sister Amanda’s home, 77 Rosses Farm, Ballymena.

In 2014 Andrew was among a modern day ‘Band of Brothers’ from Ballymena - all former soldiers or reservists - who took on the demanding ‘Five Peaks Challenge’ which involved climbing the highest mountains in the United Kingdom and Ireland in order to raise money for ABF - The Soldiers’ Charity.