LISBURN accountant William Derek Doloughan,
known affectionately to those who worked with him as 'the boss'
was laid to rest in the graveyard attached to Ballinderry Middle
Church last Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimers
The commital was preceded by a service in the
nearby Parish Church attended by his family, friends, clients
and long term colleagues who said he would be 'sadly missed but
remembered with deep affection.
Speaking after the funeral Noelle Gault, who
joined Mr. Doloughan's firm in 1979, described him as 'a lovely
man who would have done anything for anyone'.
Her colleague Tim Scott, who joined the
company in 1993 also remembered his late employer with deep
affection and spoke of the great respect he held for Mr.
Doloughan's 'exacting professional standards' which meant he
'did not like corners being cut'.
The well known accountant who died last
Tuesday (April 8) at the age of 67 was the son of John and Agnes
Doloughan o f Ballymacormick Road, Dromore.
He was educated at Ballyvicknakelly School on
Dromore's Ballynahinch Road before taking up employment at the
age of 14.
However, shortly after he obtained his first
job the Doloughan family emigrated to the USA.
Because the school leaving age there was
higher than 14 he had to go back to full time education.
He spent almost two years at a school just
outside Chester in Pensylvania until his family returned to
At this point he obtained a position with
Stanley Woods and Co., a highly regarded accountancy practice
based in Lisburn's Ulster Buildings. Mr. Doloughan went on to
become proprietor of the business and its name changed to W.D.
Doloughan and Co.
He took a keen interest in Lisburn's
commercial life and was a Past President of the city's Chamber
He was also a long standing member of the
Rotary Club of Lisburn and held the position of Captain of
Dromore Rugby Club for two years. Mr. Doloughan had strong links
with the Killultagh Hunt and was a member of a local horse
racing syndicate along with a number of other prominent
representatives of Lisburn's business community.
He married his former wife, Wilma in 1963 and
the coup 1 e , who eventually separated had three children -
Claire, Pauline and Derek Junior.
Claire followed her father into the family
business but sadly he was forced to retire when Alzheimers
struck and his company became incorporated into Johnston Kennedy
D.F.K. Chartered Accountants.
Eventually, Mr. Doloughan was unable to
remain at home - Holly Tree Farm on Ballinderry's Meeting House
He spent a period in Lagan Valley Hospital
before becoming a resident of Sandringham Nursing Home,
Portadown where he died last Tuesday.
He is survived by his partner whose name is
also Wilma; his children; his sons in law Peter and Derrick; his
daughter in law Shelley and his grandchildren Nathan, Madison
Other surviving relatives include his sister Helena and
brother in law Ian; another sister Maud who lives with her
family in California and a number of nephews and nieces.