Tom in his younger days.
Tom with his wife Betty on his 100th birthday.
A FORMER Lisburn man recently passed away at the grand old age of 100.
Tom Hinds grew up in Magheragall. His parents' main business was a sand quarry/pit supplying the building industry and the family home was actually called Sandymount.
Tom worked for an insurance company but throughout the Second World
War he served in the
Royal Artillery on anti-aircraft guns. He spent most of his service in the middle east, mainly Egypt and Libya as well as Italy.
He is survived by his wife Betty, who he was married to for 67 years and their sons Laurie and David, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
After the war, Tom and Betty set up home in Lurgan.
He returned to his career in insurance, mostly involved with the farming community.
In 1953 the family moved to Lisburn. In the mid 1960's they bought a small plot of around 15 acres of farm land, with a bungalow and agricultural buildings on it and they kept cattle and hens. The land was sold for housing in the 1980's when Tom and Betty moved to Brentwood, into a retirement flat where Betty still lives. They moved to be closer to their grandchildren.
Tom was a member of the Masonic Order for much of his life and progressed to high order. In 2011 he received a Platinum Jubilee Certificate from the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland for 70 years faithful service to the Masonry
Tom was also a member of the local PROBUS club for retired professional and business people. He was a man of strong, traditional values and high morals. He always dressed smartly and loved wearing a tie.
Tom was cremated on January 23 this year at Forest Park Crematorium Hainault.