1,500 gather to pay tribute to Sir Jack
Published 12/01/2009 | 00:00
A service of thanksgiving has been held in Belfast in memory of former RUC Chief Constable Sir John Hermon.
The service was held at St Anne’s Cathedral yesterday and was attended by around 1,500 people including family, friends and former colleagues.
Those attending the service were greeted by Dean Houston McKelvey and Lord Robin Eames gave the address.
Paying tribute to Sir John – known by those close to him as Jack – as both a family man and a man dedicated to his career, Lord Eames spoke of the dedication the former police chief gave to the community.
Lord Eames also paid tribute to Sir John’s first wife Lady Jean, the mother of his children Barbara and Rodney, who died of cancer in 1986, and his widow Lady Sylvia, who attended with their two sons Robert and Thomas.
A collection made at the service will be donated to the Alzheimers Society Northern Ireland as Sir John battled the illness from 2004 until his death last November aged 79.
Those attending the service included PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde, former Secretary of State Lord Tom King, the SDLP’s Alasdair McDonnell and the DUP’s Sammy Wilson and Nigel Dodds.
Dr Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen also attended despite a colourful history between the two men.