Some 500 people attended the funeral today of Timothy Cathcart, the rally driver who was killed in a crash in the Ulster Rally.
The accident happened on the Fardross stage of the rally on Friday afternoon in Co Fermanagh.
The funeral service took place at Timothy’s Cathcart home today, after which he was buried at Devenish Parish Churchyard, Monea.
Timothy’s friend Daryl Simpson paid tribute to Timothy, who was 28, saying he was very sociable, a good communicator and very good with people.
“That was the reason so many people turned out for the funeral,” Rev Sampson Ajuka told the News Letter.
“Daryl said he was very intelligent, was well loved by his family, especially his dad, and had been educated at the South Western College. He was about to take over the family business when he died.”
Rev Ajuka told mourners that it was guaranteed that death is “not the end of us”.
He added: “When the physical life dies, our spiritual life continues. John 6: 40 puts it clear that it is the will of God that whoever looks to Jesus and believes in Him will have eternal life. This is our hope.
“That’s why we plead with everybody to remember our Maker while living, so that in the end, we will all be granted eternal life.
“Timmy was part of this promise and his share awaits him.
“Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest, and give us grace to endure his departure, because God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”