Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland councillor James Brown passes away

By Gareth Cross

A Mid and East Antrim councillor who served for nearly four decades has passed away following an illness.

James 'Jim' Brown MBE was a well known political stalwart in the Carrick area. It is understood he was in his late 60's at the time of his death.

Prior to his death he was serving as an Independent councillor for the Carrick Castle ward and had been involved in local politics for nearly 40 years.

Mr Brown had previously served as a member of the UUP on the old Carrickfergus Borough Council before leaving the party in the mid 1990's.

He twice served as Mayor of Carrickfergus Borough Council during 34 years on the council.

Mr Brown was elected to the new Mid and East Antrim Council in 2014.

Alliance Party East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson attended Carrickfergus Technical School with Mr Brown and served on the council with him for many years.

"I joined the council four years before him in 1977, we both went to school together for a while at Carrickfergus Technical School," Mr Dickson said.

"We did not always see eye to eye politically but I can honestly say he had the interests of the Town of Carrickfergus at heart.

"He had been ill for some time my sympathy goes to his wife Esther and his family."

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council DUP councillor Cheryl Johnston said her thoughts were with Mr Brown's family.

"I've known Jimmy for a number of years and it's extremely sad. My thoughts are with his entire family circle at this time.

"He'll be missed by us all."

TUV councillor Timothy Gaston said that Mr Brown was a "faithful servant".

"My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family circle at this sad time," he said.

DUP councillor Billy Ashe served on both councils with Mr Brown for many years and said that Mr Brown had initially encouraged him to get involved in politics, though he ended up eventually choosing the DUP over the UUP.

"My thoughts are with his wife, daughters and grandchildren," Councillor Ashe said.

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