Ulster Hockey mourns centurion Des Simon
Ulster Hockey is mourning the passing of elder statesman Des Simon.
Des, who was 101, passed away yesterday morning.
A former Ulster and Irish president, he had celebrated reaching the century in September 2016 at a function in Belfast Castle attended by family and friends.
Earlier that day he had received a telegram from The Queen, a visit from the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church and a hamper from the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey.
A former international hockey umpire, Des devoted many years to hockey in Ulster and, as well as having held the Ulster and Irish president roles, he was honorary secretary to the branch from 1970 to 1988.
A long-standing member of the Cliftonville club, he had an ever-smiling face and attitude with an open mind to change, which were useful attributes in his line of work.
Des was named Personality of the Year at Ulster Hockey's presentation dinner in May 2016, just short of his 100th birthday.
His funeral will be at St John's Presbyterian Church in Whitehouse on Wednesday, January 3 at 10am.