Tributes to 'gentleman' Tyrone farmer William Wilson
Tributes have been paid to one of best known figures within the Co Tyrone farming fraternity who passed away at the weekend.
A funeral service will be held tomorrow at Kilskeery Parish Church for William (Bill) Wilson (87), from Trillick, beginning at 2pm, before he is laid to rest in the adjoining churchyard.
During his working life he took part in ploughing competitions for which he won many awards over a 40-year period.
He brought this knowledge and expertise to his role as President of the Fermanagh and Tyrone Ploughing Society, organising ploughing competitions every March.
He had also served as a guest judge in ploughing competitions right cross Ireland, as well as at the World Ploughing Championships held in New York State. He was awarded a British Empire Medal last year for services to farming.
Away from his passion for ploughing, Mr Wilson will also be remembered for his expertise in growing and showing his prize-winning vegetables.
Secretary of the Ploughing Society, Albert Hetherington, said Mr Wilson was a man well-known and well-respected. "Bill retired from farming about 10 years ago but he remained active within the Society until fairly recently.
"His absence from the Society will be missed and I have no doubt the farming community will want to pay their respects to Bill on Wednesday," he said.
DUP Councillor Errol Thompson described Mr Wilson as a gentleman. He said: "I was saddened to hear that Bill had passed away and I offer my condolences to his wife and family. Bill was a man who took part in a lot of different activities for the local community so he was a man who was extremely well-known and highly respected.
"He was a gentleman of the highest degree and I can't think of any other way to describe him."