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Missed: Brian Kissock will be fondly remembered for his great humour

Missed: Brian Kissock will be fondly remembered for his great humour

Missed: Brian Kissock will be fondly remembered for his great humour

Brian Kissock, who has died, was a leading golfer who twice won the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship, and played for Ulster and Ireland for well over a decade.

After several years as a professional, he returned here to pursue a business career.

He later went to the USA, where he was a practitioner and lecturer with the Christian Science Church in San Diego, and for seven years he served as a volunteer Chaplain in the Federal Prison there.

He also worked with the homeless and the marginalised. He kept closely in touch with his family and he regularly visited them in Northern Ireland. Some years later he returned to Bangor again with his American wife Marci to continue his Christian Science work.

Brian John Stephen Kissock was born in Bangor on May 13, 1942, and educated at Bangor Central Primary School and Bangor Grammar.

After leaving school he worked in several jobs, and in 1962 he began his own business manufacturing golf clubs. A superb golfer, he first played for Bangor Golf Club in 1959 as a 17-year-old.

In 1992 he captained the club, and he remained a member until shortly before his death. He was also a member of Royal Portrush until recently, and remained an excellent golfer in his 70s with a handicap of six.
An astute businessman, he established several businesses in manufacturing, clothing, distribution and retailing. He opened two factories and 15 stores, employing over 200 people from both communities.

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Mr Kissock was a deeply-committed Christian Scientist, and he was invited by churches across America and the UK to give lectures.

His wife Marci said: “As a gifted speaker, he let the message flow on wings of humour and wonderful stories of healing.”

He lived in San Diego for several years, and in 2012 he became an authorised teacher of Christian Science. He returned to Northern Ireland, with the support of the Church, and continued with his work with Christian Science, until shortly before his death.
He is survived by his wife Marci, his adult children Amanda, Alison and Graham, his seven grandchildren, his sister Valerie, his first wife Sheila and his wider family and friends.


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