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Book of Condolence for Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE


Book of Condolence for Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE

The Worshipful The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross has opened an online book of condolence for residents of the Borough who wish to pay tribute to the former Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, who has sadly passed away.

 

Messages of Condolence 
Mayor, Alderman Stephen Ross

On behalf of the people of Antrim and Newtownabbey, I would like to express my deep sadness at the passing of the former Lord-Lieutenant for Co. Antrim Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE.

It was a privilege for me to work alongside Mrs Christie during her time as Lord-Lieutenant; she was admired by everyone who met her, a true professional who made time for everyone across all communities. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Leah Smyth I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the former Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE. Her tireless work and dedication to the County of Antrim and its citizens was an inspiration to all . My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this sad time.
Councillor Matthew Magill It was with deep sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, former Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim. Joan had a real passion for people, putting them at their ease in her presence and taking an interest in every event she attended. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. She served our Late Monarch with distinction and she will be sorely missed by those dearest to her and by the people of County Antrim whom she loved. On behalf of the Democratic Unionist Party group, I extend our deepest sympathies to Joan’s family and friends on their loss.
Alderman Mark Cosgrove On behalf of the Ulster Unionist Group of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, may we pass on our most sincere and deepest condolences to Mrs Christie’s family at this very sad time. She was deeply loved by all who came into contact with her, and will be remembered for her infectious and warm personality which lit up the room at every event she attended. She was such a great ambassador for our late Queen Elizabeth II. On a personal level there are very few people in public life who have had the impact of Joan, positive inspiring ,motivational and such energy.  Your legacy and the deep affection and respect of the people of our Borough are guaranteed. Rest in peace.
Councillor Billy Webb MBE JP

On behalf of the Alliance Group, and in a personal capacity, my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Joanna, Harriett, Marcus, and grandchildren, on the passing of their mother and grandmother, Joan. I pay tribute to her life of service to the citizens of Antrim in her role as Lord Lieutenant and in her many other voluntary positions, especially with young people. A wonderful lady and a friend. She will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched.  

May she rest in peace.

Councillor Roisin Lynch

On behalf of the SDLP Group I extend our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy at this very sad news of the death of Mrs Joan Christie.

Joan was a great friend to all in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan’s family, her son, daughters, and the wider Christie family. May she rest in peace.

Chief Executive, Mrs Jacqui Dixon MBE On behalf of the staff of the Council, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Harriett, Joanna and Marcus on the passing of their Mother Mrs Joan Christie, Joan was a true lady, and it was a great honour to work with her and know her as a friend. She touched the lives of so many people and her legacy will live on through her children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the wider family circle at this time and the days ahead.
Kate Law I had the privilege of meeting Mrs Christie on several occasions. She was always smiling, kind and courteous. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Adrian Nicholl Condolences a lovely woman who give her heart to country Antrim
Dorothy Orr I am so saddened to hear of Mrs Christie’s passing. She was such a warm, encouraging individual who brightened up every gathering. Her support for music, education and the arts was so greatly appreciated by many. Her graciousness and service was exemplary. Truly a life well-lived. Sincere condolences to her family.
Robert Briscoe Sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful lady who did so much to help others
Chelsea Wood I met mrs Christie when I was an army cadet, she always supported cadet organisations and played an active role. She will be sadly missed. R.I.P
Susan Lavery A true lady, always had a kind word for everyone. Joan, you will be sorely missed.
Councillor Paul Dunlop Saddened to hear the sad news .May I pass on my condolences to the Family and thank Mrs Christie for the tireless work she carried out as the former Lord Lieutenant for Co Antrim
Pat Martin Deepest sympathy to all the family circle at this sad and painful time. Joan was a lovely lady.
Robbie Hodgson Joan, you blessed so many people with your smile and kindness. A good friend to the Sea Cadet Corps, indeed all youth organisations, you will be missed by all.
Patricia Webb So sorry to hear of the death of Joan. I offer my sincere condolences to her children Joanna, Harriett, Marcus and her extended family. A wonderful gracious and elegant lady who gave unstinting service in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Co.Antrim and in volunteering. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her company. May she rest in peace. The day thou gravest Lord has ended.
Alderman Mandy Girvan I am saddened to hear of the passing of the former Lord-Lieutenant for Co Antrim Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE. She was a great ambassador for our late Queen and an inspiration to all. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all family and friends
Pam Cameron My thoughts are with the family and friends of the wonderful Joan Christie that I was privileged to know and have spent a little time in her company. Joan genuinely lit up the room with her presence and I just loved our chats and laughs together. A warm heart with a beautiful smile who will be so greatly missed by so many. Pam xx
Ena McTaggart So sorry to hear the very sad news. Joan was a real lady and made everyone she met feel important rest in peace Joan.
Alderman John Smyth Joan was a great ambassador for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council she admired the fantastic flower displays throughout our Borough and she was always courteous and friendly. My deepest sympathy to the family circle.
Debbie Chestnutt Our sincere condolences to Joan’s family circle. I met this wonderful lady several times and what a pleasure it was. God Bless xx
Rev Dr Heather Morris Joan was a wonderful woman, full of grace and kindness. I got to know her when I was President of the Methodist Church and was so grateful for her friendship and her genuine concern for others.
Darren Richardson Very sad news. A lady of character and will be remembered fondly in the Borough and beyond.
Brian McCalden  A wonderful lady who dedicated herself 100% to service for others. I had to pleasure of working to this really brilliant representative of our late Queen Elizabeth across Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area. Sadly missed.
Alderman Paul Michael BEM It is with deep and sincere sadness that I hear of the passing of Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE. My thoughts and prayers are with Marcus and the wider family circle at this sad time. Her kindness, compassion and generosity shone through from everything she did. I live with the wonderful memories she has left me, may you rest in eternal peace.
Sara Robinson Mrs Christie was the most gracious, compassionate, dignified and godly woman I have ever met. The way she treated every person in a room with respect and interest was inspiring. Her life and actions are a testament to her faith in God and I know that she is being greeted with much joy in Heaven. It was an honour to serve as one of her LL Cadets, and to see how she blessed so many in her lifetime.
Philip Martin & Jackie Jenkins We were privileged to know Mrs Joan Christie, through Antrim British Legion, a lovely lady, who touched so many people with her loveliness, a gentle and kind lady, who had time for all, thoughts are with her family at this very sad time. God Bless.
John Read Saddened to hear of the passing of Joan Christie CVO OBE. Mrs Christie was a great supporter of the cadet forces in her role as Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim and Patron of 1NIACF Band Pipes and Drums and Honorary Colonel of 1NI ACF.Also supporting our Youth Outreach project during its lifetime in County Antrim.Condolences to Joan’s family will be sadly missed by all.A great supporter of communities and Enabler of our young people.
Hannah Robinson It was a privilege to get to know Mrs Christie as her lord lieutenant’s Cadet. She took a special interest in each of her cadets.This was seen in community as she took every opportunity she could to speak to everyone. She was a true inspiration and admired by everyone who met her, especially her cadets. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time.
Miranda Gordon VLL Co. Antrim It was a true privilege to be a DL under your leadership and guidance. A remarkable lady who will be sadly missed.
Alice & Jane Kidd Joan was a gracious lady and will be sadly missed by all. Mum and I have known Joan for over 40 years through Guiding . Our condolence to Joanna, Harriett, Marcus and families.
Antrim Trefoil Guild The Members of Antrim Trefoil Guild extend their condolences to the family on the sad loss of Joan. She was an inspiration for all of us in Guiding.
MS Gannon It is hugely saddening to read the tragic news today, that Mrs Christie has passed. It has been an honour to have known & spent time with Joan, on the occasions, both at public events & on one or two occasions more privately. Joan had a remarkable commitment to service, rivalled only by her capacity to connect with people in the most genuine & sincere manner. Today ends with a thick veil of sadness with her loss. Deepest condolences to the Christie family from all at SNIY.
Andrea & Gary Miniss We had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Christie at many cadet events over many years. She was inspirational to both the cadets and adults and always had time to spend talking to each one. We are so sad to hear of her passing too soon - we express our sincere condolences to her family.
Jim Ross Shocked and saddened to learn of Joan Christie's passing. A true lady.
Karen Todd So sorry to learn of your passing you carried out your duties of Lord Lieutenant for Newtownabbey and Antrim so elegantly! Condolences to your family and friends who will miss you most! Rest Easy!
Jack McCormick The late Mrs. Christie was beloved across our county. Her loss will be felt not only across Antrim, but across the whole of Northern Ireland. Joan leaves behind her a legacy of duty and service, much like the Queen she deputised for on countless occasions. Thank you Joan for the selflessness and grace with which you dedicated the final years of your life to your role as our Lord Lieutenant. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory. Jack McCormick of @royaltyulster on Instagram.
Denise Hayward The thoughts of everyone at Volunteer Now are with Joan's family and friends at this sad time. She was an inspirational person and a great supporter of volunteering.
Karen Hood So sorry to hear this terrible news. I was privileged to meet Mrs Christie on many occasions when I was PA to the Mayor. She was the epitome of dignity and grace. What always struck me was that she had time for everyone. A truly lovely person. Expressing my sincerest condolences to her family at this time of great loss.
Tidy Randalstown Tidy Randalstown is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Joan Christie CVO, OBE. Mrs Christie contributed her time and talents in many walks of life and her term as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim was a shining example of selfless public service. Tidy Randalstown remembers her with affection as a valued and unfailing source of support and encouragement for our work. We send our sincere condolences to all her family.
Aoife Duffin I was very privileged to receive the Joan Christie Musician’s Bursary award in 2022. Thank you for all you have done for me and other young musicians in the borough. Sincere condolences to all the family. She will be sadly missed.
Joseph Mcgarry Condolences at this sad time. Rest in peace.
Noreen McClelland I am really sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. A lovely lady, so thoughtful and kind to everyone who had the pleasure of her company. She worked tirelessly as Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad and difficult time, I hope knowing of the love and affection we had for Joan will give them some comfort.
Roberta Richards A remarkable lady to have met, the type of person one is lucky to meet in a lifetime. Rest in peace and thoughts and prayers sent to Mrs Christie's family circle.
William Richards I met this wonderful lady as my kids were in Army Cadets. Always had time for a chat.
John & Audrey Scott Saddened to hear this tragic news. We had the privilege of meeting Mrs Christie in our former roles as Mayor/Mayoress, and from this we gained a personal friend. Such a lovely lady who shared warmth and a genuine interest in everyone she met. Our deepest sympathy to the family at this difficult time.
Gordon Bates Deepest Sympathies to the family of Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE. Form CPO (SCC) Gordon Bates of TS Warrior, Carrickfergus. May God be with you all at this time.
Carol Johnston Fond memories of a lovely lady, a great supporter and encourager. Held in high regard when she was both Chair and board member of the North Eastern Education and Library Board. In heavenly love abiding.
Col A M Donaldson MBE OStJ VR DL On behalf of all ranks in the 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion, Army Cadet Force, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the son, daughters and wider family circle of our former Honorary Colonel, Joan Christie CVO OBE. Joan took a very close interest in the development of our cadets into mature and caring adults, and her compassion, dedication and commitment, continued as Patron of our Band, Pipes and Drums. She will be greatly missed.
Eileen Algate I’ve known Joan for many years through her sister Jennifer . A lovely gracious lady who will be so missed by all who knew her . Rest in peace Joan .
Grainne McCloskey Thank you for your passion and commitment to community action and for supporting Eden Project with The Big Lunch during the Diamond Jubilee year and ongoing over the years to help strengthen neighbourhood relations. My sympathy to your family and friends.
Lesley-Ann Millar

On behalf of the Staff, Directors and Volunteers of South Antrim Community Transport, I wish to pass on our condolences to the family of Mrs Christie. We had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Christie at several of the Spirit of Volunteering awards at Mossley Mill. Mrs Christie was a great supporter of volunteering. Thank you.

Gregory, Sylvia, Craig & Rachel Lutton We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joan, a wonderful lady of whom we met on many occasions. Sincere condolences to the entire family circle - a truly inspirational lady who had time and a smile for everyone.
Conor McCullagh My deepest sympathies to Marcus and the Christie family, thinking of you all at this time. May she rest in peace.
Councillor Vera McWilliam My deepest sympathy to the Christie family on the death of Mrs Joan Christie. Such a great lady who filled her role as Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim with such dignity. It was a real honour and pleasure to know her.
Eve Mathewson It was a privilege to know Mrs Christie as her Lord Lieutenant's cadet for the year 2016/2017. She was a kind and caring woman, who dedicated so much time and effort towards numerous organisations and charities. Her gracious generousity will never be forgotten. She particularly loved the Army Cadet Force, and indeed helping young people in County Antrim better themselves. I'm honoured to have spent so much time with her. Thinking of her children and family at this hard time.
Joseph Finn  A great lady.  A great ambassador. Always remembered my name with a warm greeting. A privilege to have known her. 
Olive Renwick Lovely lady to meet. She always remembered my name when we met at any legion function. She will be sadly missed.
Christopher Lockard You were one of the kindest people I ever meet throughout my cadet career! It was always an honour to be in your company, be it dinners, parades or engagements for the Corps of Drums. We always had a laugh together. All my love to you and your family and friends I will always remember you!
John Blair A very sad loss of a dedicated public servant and a great ambassador for Country Antrim. My sincere sympathy to family and friends.
Brian Turnbull My sincere sympathy to the loved ones of Mrs Christie who was a true lady. I really appreciated her well thought out public comments which were delivered flawlessly and without notes whenever I heard her. A most worthy representative of the Monarch
Drew Ritchie Joan was a lovely person who worked tirelessly to help promote Antrim and Newtownabbey Council throughout the UK and beyond. Her premature death was a terrible shock to her loving family and her many friends throughout NI. We will miss her lovely smile and friendly manner. God Bless.