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Tributes paid to Joe Gaston

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tributes paid to Joe Gaston thumbnailFormer Ballymoney Mayor, UUP Councillor and member of the Loyal Orders Mr Joe Gaston MBE, whose funeral was on Saturday.

NORTH Antrim Unionism lost one of its "stalwarts" last week with the death of former Ballymoney Mayor Mr Joe Gaston.
For decades Mr Gaston was a senior figure in the Ulster Unionist Party and the Loyal Orders and reflecting this, hundreds of mourners attended his funeral of at Killymurris Presbyterian Church on Saturday.
Senior North Antrim Unionists of all shades have paid tribute to Mr Gaston, also a former member of the UDR who lost his leg in an IRA bomb attack in 1977.
He was described by the current UUP leader Robin Swann as "one of the great stalwarts of Ulster Unionism in the constituency" adding that he was "very deeply saddened" to learn of his sudden passing.
Former Ballymoney Mayor, and party colleague Mr Willie Logan also paid tribute to Mr Gaston, saying: "I got an awful shock when I heard that Joe had passed away, I believe he was in hospital and didn't recover, which is very sad. The last time I saw him was at the 12th in Cloughmills last year.
"You couldn't have asked for a straighter man for any person needed help. We worked well together as party colleagues, he was Chair, and you couldn't have got a better man at meetings and I couldn't say a bad word about him."
Mr Joseph Alexander Gaston MBE, JP, in his early 90's, had passed away last Thursday morning.

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