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Tributes as former unionist mayor of Limavady laid to rest


By Donna Deeney

Former mayor of Limavady, veteran Ulster Unionist councillor John (Jackie) Dolan, was laid to rest yesterday following a funeral service.

Mourners joined Mr Dolan’s widow Sarah and sons Gregory and Mervyn and daughter Aileen at Christ Church for the service conducted by the Rev Sam McVeigh.

Among the congregation were many party colleagues who served with him on Limavady Council until he stepped down in 2005.

These included former councillor Jack Rankin, who described him as a gentleman.

“Jackie was a quiet, thoughtful gentleman who held the ideals of unionism in high regard,” he said.

“Aside from his work as a councillor he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and I offer my sincerest condolences to them at this very sad time.” Mr Dolan was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining Christ Church.

He was predeceased by his two daughters Dylis and Mildred.

Mr Dolan was a member of Aghanloo Orange Lodge, and he served as worshipful master there for many years.

A spokesman for Aghanloo Lodge paid tribute to Mr Dolan, saying his contribution to the Orange tradition “will never be surpassed”.

“Jack had been a faithful member of the lodge for over 50 years, and held several offices for the majority of his time in Aghanloo,” he said.

“In addition to his membership of the lodge, he was a distinguished member of the Royal Black Institution, and the Apprentice Boys.”

The spokesman added: “His contribution to our lodge, and Orangeism in general, will never be surpassed.”

Mr Dolan died peacefully at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry on Tuesday.

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