Tributes for Dr Robb

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Tributes for Dr Robb thumbnailDr John Robb. SPB08-13

A SADDENED community turned out in force for the funeral service of retired Ballymoney surgeon Dr John Robb in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church last Saturday.
Dignitaries from many walks of life, including politicians, academics and health professionals, joined the public, friends and family of Dr Robb for the Service of Thanksgiving for his life.
The President of the Republic of Ireland Michael D Higgins, whose representatives attended the funeral, had paid tribute to Dr Robb, describing him as "a voice for peace and reconciliation."
Dr Robb, was the highly regarded community surgeon at Ballymoney's Route Hospital, Coleraine Hospital and Dalriada Hospital, Ballycastle, until his retirement in 1992; he was an Irish Senator from 1982 to 89, a high profile civic leader and campaigner.
Though a founder of the New Ireland Movement he was highly "esteemed" by many unionists, with local MLA Mervyn Storey describing him as a "very good friend."
Dr Robb, who was in his mid eighties, had passed away peacefully in the Madelayne Court Care Home, Portstewart last Wednesday.
He and wife Sylvia had moved from Charlotte Street Ballymoney, to Portrush after his retirement, but still kept a very close relationship with the town.
They had four children Susannah, Martha, Daniel and William and six grandchildren Alice, Sam, Alannah, Amelie, Elodie and Chloe.
Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Cllr Joan Baird said: "Dr John Robb was a highly respected professional in this area, he was very much interested in keeping medicine in the local area and he really put the Route Hospital on the map.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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