The funeral service for Rev Ian Paisley’s elder brother is set to take place today in Canada, just over a week after his death.
Described by his sister as a “strong preacher” whose style echoed that of his firebrand brother, Harold had lived in the country since the 1960s, working as an evangelist with the Christian Brethren.
The World War Two veteran died on Friday December 4 in a care home, aged 91, and his funeral is set to be held at 12.30pm at Adams Funeral Home, in the Ontario town of Barrie (or 5.30pm UK time).
Margaret Beggs – the sole surviving Paisley sibling following Harold’s death, and that of Ian on September 12, 2014 – was asked if Harold would have had a similar distinctive style of delivery to Ian.
She replied: “Yes, yes, he would. He was a strong preacher... The Brethren thought the world of him. He really was very well-known and well-liked in Brethren circles – here, as well.”
Remarking on the differences between the two brothers, she said: “He wouldn’t have been political at all. But they would’ve had the same style of seeing people converted and preaching the Gospel.”
She described them as “two unique men”.
An article on the website BarrieToday.com quotes Devid Helwig, a former member of the Evangelical Christian network, as likening Harold Paisley to the US evangelist Billy Graham, and describing him as “a spell-binding speaker, a fiery preacher”.