Tributes as ex-Glens boss Brownlee laid to rest
Family and club Ted's pride and joy, funeral told
The death of former Glentoran Football Club chairman Ted Brownlee has left hearts filled with sadness, mourners at his funeral heard yesterday.
A lifelong Glens fan, the 76-year-old passed away last Thursday after a period of ill health.
His funeral took place yesterday at St Finnian's Parish Church in Cregagh, east Belfast.
Among the mourners were Glentoran ex-managers Roy Coyle and Ronnie McFall, and current chairman Stephen Henderson.
In his address Canon Jonathan Pierce, rector of St Finnian's, remarked how Mr Brownlee had overseen some of the club's glory days.
"He was very involved in Glentoran Football Club, serving as treasurer, as a member of the board of directors, and under his chairmanship the club won eight trophies including four Irish Cups, two Irish League titles and two Gold Cups," he said.
"He made great friends through the club and greatly enjoyed travelling to European games over the years."
Mr Brownlee started watching the team from a young age, alongside club president David Chick, travelling from the Downshire area of the Cregagh Road.
The pair were on the club's board in the late 1980s, with Mr Brownlee serving as both a director and chairman before stepping down due to ill health. He served on committees and was involved with the club programme, the Glentoran Gazette.
Canon Pierce said Mr Brownlee's family - wife Valerie, daughters Allison, Heather and Lynne and son Iain - were another big part of his life. "Today is a difficult day for all of you who knew and loved Ted and yet, as our hearts are filled with sadness, it's a day also in which we would want to bring our thanksgivings to God for Ted's life," he added.
"Ted and Valerie were married for 52 years, and over the past number of years as Ted's health deteriorated, Valerie and Iain were his primary carers," he said.
"Ted and Valerie shared a very happy life together, bringing up their four children.
"Lovely memories have been shared with me in recent days of how Ted invested in his family.
"He loved spending time with them, especially with his three grandsons."
Canon Pierce said that despite his health problems over the past 15 years, Mr Brownlee still made the best of life.
"He was just glad to be alive," he added.
"Content in the love that his family and friends surrounded him with. He delighted in your company and he was so proud of all your achievements."
Mr Brownlee's funeral was followed by a committal in Roselawn Cemetery.