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Book of Condolence for Lord Trimble

Book of Condolence for Lord Trimble

The Worshipful The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross has opened an online book of condolence on Tuesday 26 July 2022 for residents of the Borough who wish to pay tribute to Lord Trimble.

Messages of condolence for Lord Trimble

Mayor, Ald Stephen Ross

Lord Trimble will be remembered as a man of determination and courage who, during a turbulent period in Northern Ireland politics, remained steadfast in his convictions and took the first steps towards creating a lasting peace.

He played a pivotal role in helping to bring an end to decades of violence and was guided by what he believed was best for future generations.

On behalf of the people of Antrim and Newtownabbey I offer my sympathy to his family and I also recognise the sense of loss his colleagues in the Ulster Unionist Party will be feeling. I trust they will take some comfort in the fact that Lord Trimble leaves behind an enduring legacy which will reverberate throughout our society for many years to come.         

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Leah Smyth

Lord Trimble was a political giant, a brave politician who inspired me from a young age and an absolute gentleman to speak to. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in and played a fundamental role in paving the way towards peace for my generation.

His contribution to NI politics was incredible and his passing is a massive loss to Unionism. My thoughts are with his wife Daphne, their children, the wider family circle and my party colleagues who worked alongside him for many years. 

Ald John Smyth

On behalf of the DUP group of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the late Lord Trimble. He was an outstanding leader of the Ulster Unionist Party for over ten years and led this country through some turbulent times 

Lord Trimble will be sadly missed by his family but his spirit lives on through the Good Friday Agreement.

Ald Mark Cosgrove

Lord David Trimble was the sole reason I became a member of the Ulster Unionist Party in 1998. His vision for a peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland and the courageous leadership that brought it about made him the right man in the right place at the right time so that our province could emerge from its darkest days and look forward to peace and prosperity.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Daphne and wider family circle as he was taken from us far too young.

The biggest tribute I can pay David is that his legacy will endure for all times. He was a political and leadership giant always trying to think long term and strategically.

There are many people alive today who would not be were it not for David’s courageous leadership.

Sleep well my friend. Your contribution to your country will endure forever.

Cllr Billy Webb

My sincere condolences to Daphne, Victoria, Nicholas, Sarah and Richard on the death of a husband and father, Lord David Trimble. A Nobel Prize Laureate who, through his political bravery with others, his courage and his vision, started us on a road to peace.

We all owe much to his leadership which led to the Belfast Agreement. May he rest in peace.

Cllr Michael Goodman

On behalf of the Sinn Fein group on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council I would like to express our condolences to the family of Lord Trimble at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Cllr Roisin Lynch

On behalf of the SDLP Group I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lord David Trimble. The crucial role he played in securing the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement and in building peace in Northern Ireland is an enduring legacy that will never be forgotten.

David Trimble’s contribution to bringing peace to our island should not be underestimated. He was a brave man in difficult times, a man of courage and vision.

Sincere heartfelt sympathy to Daphne, their children and the family circle.

Cllr Robert Foster

Lord Trimble was a political colossus of both Local and International politics and a committed Unionist. His courage to deliver peace in Northern Ireland was unwavering.

David Trimble was the reason I joined the UUP. He took the brave decisions, he took inordinate criticism, but was unflinching in his belief that peace was possible. He leaves a legacy that we all must build on, to ensure we never return to the dark days of Northern Ireland.

Ald Tom Campbell

I first met David Trimble when he taught in the legal faculty at Queens University. He had entered politics in a hard line capacity but showed true pragmatic leadership when this was called for despite the threats to his own elected position and he did so for the greater good. He was an honourable man who deservedly won the Noble Peace prize and I admired the fact that he did the right thing when called upon.

Kindest condolences to his family circle.

Jacqueline Brown

We are all beneficiaries of his courage.

Ald John Smyth

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Daphne and the entire family circle in the clear understanding they will meet again and he was a great person and David will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Karen Todd, MBE

He was a true Statesman for Northern Ireland and he saved many lives being lost! The Good Friday Agreement would never been achieved without his contribution that cost him his political career!

My condolences to his wife Daphne and family he will be greatly missed!

Cllr Ramsay

A real Unionist who will be sadly missed. He did so much work behind the scenes. Deepest sympathy to the Family circle.

Ald Paul Michael, BEM

Lord Trimble was my reason to join the Ulster Unionist Party a visionary and courageous individual who was not bothered by heavy traffic on his difficult road, a true friend of South Antrim whom I had the pleasure many times to be in his company history will be kind to him, may he rest in peace thoughts and prayers to his loving family at this sad time.

Cllr Jim Montgomery  Lord Trimble has played a key role in the history of Northern Ireland. His determination to bring about peace did not waiver as he faced criticism and hostility. 
He will be remembered with respect by many who truly recognise the positive impact he made for us all. Personally it was always a delight to speak with him. I express my condolences to Daphne and the family circle. 
An honourable man who put country before himself and the party
Cllr Noreen McClelland I would like to offer my condolences to the Trimble family on the loss of David, I know what a sad and difficult time it is for them. David was a family man, a very able politician, who was determined and courageous, his legacy will live on. 
Barbara Watson A wonderful and courageous politician who served his country with faithfulness. Sincere sympathy to Lady Daphne and the whole family.
Mervyn Rea MBE

Deepest sympathy and prayers🙏 to Daphne and the entire family. What a true Christian and Statesman. If only the deserters had stayed with him we would have a Northern Ireland we would be proud of today, and then to do a U-turn Where is their conscience if they have one. Daphne you have lost your lifetime husband and friend, be proud of our greatest Statesman. A true friend. God Bless.

Drew Ritchie

A person who displayed great courage, wisdom and political skill at a difficult time in our country. Will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Marianne Ritchie

Our younger citizens owe a lot to him. God Bless.