Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Former Lord Mayor Sir Myles dies at 72

ONE of Ulster's best known businessmen, Sir Myles Humphreys, died yesterday. He was 72.

ONE of Ulster's best known businessmen, Sir Myles Humphreys, died yesterday. He was 72.

Sir Myles was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1975 to 1977 and held the chairmanship of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland for 10 years.

In addition, he held many key positions in a wide range of organisations.

And in 1976 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Myles was a Belfast Harbour Comissioner, a senator of the Junior Chamber International and President of the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship.

In 1946 he became a research engineer with the Northern Ireland Board and from 1948 until 1955 he held the same position with the Ulster Transport Authority.

Indeed, he looked after transport for a broad range of companies and was a trustee of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Among his other appointments was chairman of the National Housing and Town Planning Council.

Sir Myles was made High Sheriff of Belfast in 1969 and was on the Senate of Queen's University between 1975 and 1977.

Between 1981 and 1985 he was chairman of the Belfast Marathon and was a life member of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland from 1970.

Sir Myles' interests also included music _ and he was president of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra.

He was also director of the Ulster Orchestra Society from 1980 until 1981.

Between 1973 and 1980 he sat on the NI Tourist Board and from 1968 until 1978 he was chairman of the Ulster Tourist Development Association.

Sir Myles was educated at Skegoniell Primary School; Londonderry High and Belfast Royal Academy.

A funeral service of thanksgiving for the life of Sir Myles will be held in St Anne's Cathedral on Wednesday at 2pm.

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