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Crash victim always had twinkle in eye, mourners told

By Nevin Farrell

Published 11/04/2015

Mourners follow the hearse carrying the coffin of Robin Wilson
Mourners follow the hearse carrying the coffin of Robin Wilson
Family and friends at the church graveside in the village of Armoy
Floral tributes shaped like a car adorn Mr Wilson’s coffin inside the hearse

A young man killed in a horror road smash in Co Antrim was well-liked and "always had a twinkle in his eye".

The Rev Peter Turton, family minister of 26-year-old Robin Wilson, was speaking at a service held in the home of the deceased's mother Patricia at Dunluce Road, Bushmills, yesterday.

Mr Wilson, who was from Armoy, was one of two men who died in a road accident at Cushendall Road near Ballycastle in the early hours of Easter Monday in which several others were injured.

The funeral of Johnny Black (19) took place at Ballyvoy near Ballycastle on Thursday.

Mr Turton said Mr Wilson was a good friend to those who knew him and "always had a twinkle in his eye".

The minister said Mr Wilson will be "lovingly remembered and sadly missed".

He said Mr Wilson "was so young and had so much to live for" but added "the end of life can come to us at any moment in just a single heartbeat".

Mr Turton said: "It is a wide and extended family and we pray the Lord that they will be comforted by the word of God today."

Mr Wilson is survived by his parents Andrew and Patricia, along with his three brothers Graham, Marc and Matthew.

As a sign of his love for all things motor-related, wreaths in the shape of cars were placed in a hearse before Mr Wilson was taken for burial at Armoy Presbyterian Church.

Mr Wilson's great-uncle Liam Davidson said the deceased loved cars.

He said: "Robin worked as a lorry body repairer and he was into cars.

"He loved tinkering at cars and he was the type of fella could turn his hand to anything."

Mr Davidson said Mr Wilson was well-known and well-liked.

He added: "He was the sort of chap if he walked into a room he lit the whole place up and as the minister said, he always had a twinkle in his eye.

"If you didn't know him he would have made sure you did get to know him."

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