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Victor Law: Church remembers devoted parishioner

The funeral service for retired joiner Victor Law, who has died aged 90, took place in the little church where years ago he built 40 pews.

They were cut to size and restored at St Catherine's Church of Ireland in 1985, from seats salvaged from St Jude's parish church in Dublin.

Victor and another parishioner, the late cabinetmaker Richard Brown, husband of choir member Josie, were helped in their labour of love by a small team of volunteers, says church warden Arthur Molyneaux.

Victor, a native of Newcastle, Co Down, began working life with the family building firm of Frasers at Sydenham.

He worked on an extension to Aldergrove International Airport and the building of the Skyways Hotel there.

He eventually settled in the Crumlin district of South Antrim with his wife Mabel (nee Crowe), his childhood sweetheart, to whom he was married for more than 50 years until her death in 1997.

Victor, who was a reserve policeman in his day, was a member of the men's fellowship at St Catherine's.

He is survived by daughters Pam Moses and Lorraine Greer; grandchildren, Nigel, Julie and Ashley and great grandchildren, Shannon, Bradley, Erin, Ed and Emily.

Canon Sam McComb conducted the service with rector the Rev William Orr.

Tributes were paid to Victor by granddaughter Julie and great-granddaughter Shannon before burial in Crumlin cemetery. Victor's favourite carol was Look Away to Bethlehem and he had looked forward to soprano Irene McIlwaine singing it at the Christmas service in St Catherine's. At the family's request Irene, supported by organist Peggy Farr and the choir, sang it at his funeral.

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