Mourners packed into Dromore Cathedral yesterday to pay tribute to tragic Rev Lynda Patterson.
An hour before the funeral cortege arrived at the church all pews bar those for family and close friends were filled to capacity.
Among the mourners were fellow clerics, close friends and former UUP leader Lord Empey.
Earlier, during the tragic cleric’s first funeral at Christchurch’s transitional cathedral in New Zealand, Bishop Victoria Matthews – who also preached at the second funeral in Dromore – said Rev Patterson’s death reminded everyone that life was “transitional”.
In comments published by Christchurch Cathedral after her untimely death, Rev Dr Peter Carrell, director of theological education in Christchurch, said: “We may not see her like in our lifetime again – she combined Irish wit and intellectual brilliance with a rare gift of communicating profound truth in everyday language.”
Other statements indicated that she had been instrumental in keeping the congregation together in the wake of the 2011 New Zealand earthquake.
Earlier her father Cedric Patterson said: “She was a great daughter, a brilliant daughter. She was our pride and joy.
“She was a first-class daughter, and in all her 40 years she never, never gave us any trouble or any bother in her life.”
It is understood Rev Patterson died after suffering a suspected heart attack.