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War hero and UUP peer Sir John Gorman laid to rest

By Claire Williamson

Sir John Gorman has been remembered as a "man of courage".

Mourners at the funeral of the former Ulster Unionist politician and decorated Second World War veteran gathered at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Killyleagh yesterday.

The 91-year-old from Omagh died last week at a nursing home in Co Down.

He was best known for being one of the few high-profile Catholic unionist politicians in Northern Ireland.

His coffin was given a guard of honour by the Irish Guards, of which he was a captain.

He was awarded the Military Cross and received the Croix De Guerre for actions during the Second World War.

The Bishop and Diocese of Down and Connor was represented at the ceremony by Canon Sean Rogan and the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Co Down, David Lindsay. Members of the Knights of Malta were also in attendance dressed in their traditional robes.

In his homily, Father Eugene O'Neill said: "He was a man whose basic approach to life was not to ask, 'what can I get?' – but rather, 'what can I give?'

"Behind the public man, lay a loving father full of fun who managed that extraordinary feat of energy and organisation, to combine a demanding career with the successful raising of a large family."

Sir John was knighted by the Queen in 1998.

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