Pat bids fond farewell
Thursday, 5 January 2017
OVER 100 farmers attended a farewell do held in The Hedges last Wednesday night to mark the retirement of the man fondly dubbed 'The Farmers Champion'.
After 35 years with DAERA (formerly DARD) Pat McCambridge who was the Beef and Sheep Advisor for North Antrim has relinquished his post, but will be fondly remembered by all those he helped as a "good and kind" man.
Speaking at the event on Wednesday night, Maurice McHenry said the number of farmers that attended the event was testament to the high esteem in which Pat is held.
Those gathered heard how Pat began his career with DARD back in 1981 as a General Advisor in Omagh before being moved closer to home in Ballymena and the Coleraine where he has been based since 2010.
Pat was born at Crook in the Townland of Drumadoon and was educated at Ballyeukin PS and then at Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle.
He studied at QUB from 1976 - 1980 which was four years of continuous academic study with no placement year.
From 1980 -1981 he completed the Communications programme at Loughry College which was a prerequisite at that time to get employment with DARD.
Father of two, Pat, sadly lost wife Dympna in 1997 and has devoted his time to his son Donal and daughter Patricia as well as grandson, Liam.
Maurice said Pat came from a family with a long established record in farming over the generations. His father Donal, who died in 1987, was regarded as one of the top farmers in the North Antrim area. It was one of the reasons why Pat was held in such high esteem by the farmers he visited.
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