Mrs. Florence Barr and her daughter Heather with clergy, family and friends after the dedication of the wall plaque. Included are John McCullough, People's Warden (left), Colin Ross, Rector's Warden (right), Rev Canon John Budd, Rev Clifford Skillen, Rev Canon Victor Stacey and Rev David Swarbrigg, former Curate of Christ Church, Lisburn (1965-1967).
L to R: Rev Canon John Budd (Rector of Derriaghy), Heather Barr, Mrs. Florence Barr and the Rev Canon Victor Stacey (former Curate of Derriaghy).
L to R: Canon James Hall (former Rector of St Polycarp, Finaghy), Mrs. Margaret Hawkins (widow of Canon Jack Hawkins, former assistant clergyman in Derriaghy) and Canon Charles McCollum (Carlow).
A wall plaque in memory of the Very Rev Norman Barr has been dedicated by the Rector of Christ Church, Derriaghy, the Rev Canon John Budd.
The preacher was the Rev Canon Victor Stacey, a former Curate of Derriaghy (19721976) during Dean Barr's ministry, now rector of Dun Laoghaire.
The Rev Clifford Skillen, Assistant Clergyman in Derriaghy Parish, also took part.
Dean Barr was ordained in 1946 and was Rector of Derriaghy from 1961 to 1990 and Dean of Connor from 1982 to 1990.
During his ministry at Derriaghy a new church hall was opened in
October 1966. A noted local historian, he leaves as his legacy several
books relating to the history of Derriaghy Parish.
He died in October 2010, a month after his 90th birthday and is survived by his wife Florence and daughter Heather who attended the dedication service, along with clergy and friends from as far afield as Cavan, Carlow and London.
Mrs. Barr was organist and choir mistress for many years at Derriaghy in addition to her many duties as a rector's wife, and it was most fitting that choir members Trudy Hull and Ashley Beattie made presentations to her and her daughter Heather, on behalf of the parishioners.
Marilyn Kennedy, People's Churchwarden of St Andrew's, made a presentation to Canon Stacey who will be installed as Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday 31st March.