Mr J D Aicken, aged 86, suddenly, at home, on 24th March. He was saved in early youth at meetings in Clonkeen conducted by Mr H Baillie, and, after baptism, was in Clonkeen assembly. Later, due to promotion in the Ministry of Agriculture, he was for a short time in Enniskillen. Since 1951 he has been in Dundonald assembly taking on the duties of correspondent and treasurer. In all these years he lived and worked for the activity and welfare of the assembly. He was a man of few words, a student of the Scriptures, a pillar in the assembly, balanced, wise, and helpful. His wife died in 1991, and he is survived by his four sisters and brother-in-law. His large funeral was from the Gospel Hall when J G Hutchinson and G Hall gave words of comfort and gospel, with Messrs D Knox, T Blair, D Craig, and W Beattie sharing in prayer and hymns. The words at the service were true of him: "John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true". Prayer valued for the family and the assembly.
Mrs Ruth Kaoma, aged 49, called home on 2nd April after three months in hospital suffering from a debilitating illness. She was saved as a girl of sixteen in Zambezi, Zambia under the preaching of David Croudace. Ruth came to Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, over six years ago to work as a nurse in a local Nursing Home. She was commended to the assembly here by the Nkana Assembly, Kitwe. A widow with a daughter and two young sons, she worked hard and attended assembly meetings whenever possible. She was a spiritual woman who was an example to others in grace and humility. The large funeral on 5th April was attended by nurses and doctors, schoolchildren, friends of the sons, and their teachers, along with assembly members and others. The message in the Funeral Home was given by Jack Lennox, and at the Ballyclare Cemetery by Aaron Colgan. Prayer would be appreciated for her daughter Ntenke and child in Zambia, and her sons, Alex and Gershom, along with the large family circle in Zambia.
Mr Alex King, aged 96, called home on 18th December. He was saved in Wales aged 11, and when he was 15 the family returned to their roots in Wishaw where Alex was baptised and received into fellowship, serving as Sunday School Teacher, in the Bible Class, and in the Male Voice Choir. In 1940 he married Isabel Frame and moved into Newmains Assembly. Alex was neither a public nor a platform man, but he and Isabel were very faithful, diligent and committed believers - at Newmains for 43 years; at Bethany (Paisley) for 9 years - they moved beside daughter Anne in 1992, and latterly at Bethesda Hall, Linthouse. Alexs last meeting was the Annual Conference in November, 2008. In all these assemblies he showed a keen interest in the Lords work and His people. Alex was a man of faith who displayed a meek and quiet spirit. He was always cheerful and kind to all and bore a consistent witness to his Saviour.
Mrs Muriel McLeman, aged 89, was called home on 2nd February. Our sister was saved at 16 in Aberdeen, and then baptised and received into fellowship in Victoria Hall when she was 18. She moved to Fraserburgh in 1948 where she was in fellowship for 62 years. Her husband John passed away in April, 1985. Our sister was in failing health these past 2 years, but would on occasions be able to attend the meetings. She had the rich blessing of her daughter Rachels companionship and love to the end. She leaves an example of quiet, godly contentment, and is sadly missed by her daughter and the local assembly.
Mr M Page, aged 70, on 21st March after a long illness borne with patience and fortitude. Saved when he was 8 years old, he was for years in the Ballyhackmore assembly until he came to Dundonald in 1962. He was active in many aspects of the assembly life, sharing in oversight, and was an encouragement to many of the younger members. He had a great interest in the childrens work, and is greatly missed. His funeral was the largest seen in the hall for many years with G Hall and D Craig speaking words of challenge and comfort, and K Page, D Gillespie, and D Know sharing in hymns and prayer. Prayer valued for his widow Eileen and family.
Mr Alex Storrie, aged 91, passed away on 26th February. Born in the small mining village of Mossblown, Ayrshire, at the age of 3 he moved to High Pennyvenie, near Dalmellington, a large mining village on the banks of the river Doon. From this early age he attended the Gospel Hall in Dalmellington with parents who were committed Christians. At 14 he went to work in the local coal mine, and shortly after this he began to rebel and wanted nothing more to do with Christianity, becoming integrated into the village social life. For a number of years his leisure time was spent drinking alcohol, dog-racing, and gambling, causing great concern to his parents. However, his mother made him a special subject of prayer, and, at the age of 25, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, he was dramatically and convincingly saved, his mother leading him to the Lord by reading to him from her Bible. The Bible became for him a central part of his life from that moment. He read it assiduously and, before long, was preaching from it in assemblies throughout Ayrshire and beyond. He also used his tenor voice for the Lord, as part of a quartet. For many years he served as an elder at Dalmellington Gospel Hall and, later, at Selkirk Street Evangelical Church in Hamilton, having moved there with his family in 1968. He and his wife Liz had a strong missionary interest, corresponding with and supporting many workers in various countries. In 1984 Alex was one of the men who decided to commence a Mens Fellowship on alternate Wednesday mornings and since then he played a major part in organising and conducting the meetings. Alex continued in this roll until ill health restricted his involvement. He is sorely missed. Remember his wife Liz and his immediate and extended family in your prayers.
Mrs Lily Walker, aged 84, called home on 3rd December. She was saved in her early twenties and received into fellowship in Apsley Street Assembly. She first met her husband Johnnie while they were studying for the nursing profession prior to his going to serve the Lord in Tibet. They kept up correspondence before she went to India to be married and where their 2 sons were born. Things in India were difficult with many hardships but she laboured tirelessly for the Lord. When the political situation changed in 1969 and visas were not renewed she returned to the UK. Being a qualified nurse she took up employment as assistant matron in Kilwarlin House, Lisburn, and when they moved to Leicester she continued working also among the Indian immigrants. In later years, owing to failing health, both were admitted to Faith House where they received loving medical care and much appreciated help. At the funeral service Mr Willie Walker participated in prayer and S Maze spoke words of comfort and exhortation both in the hall and at the grave.