Obituary: Park Wilson was an Orangeman and top P&O figure

Park Wilson
Park Wilson

An Orangeman with a prominent role at of one of Ulster’s top ports has died.

Park Wilson, 80, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 27 after suffering from respiratory problems for some months.

He was buried on Sunday, March 2 in Kilwaughter Cemetery, following a well-attended service at Magheramorne Presbyterian Church.

Formerly a Worshipful Master of Kilwaughter LOL 520, as well as chairman of the Magheramourne Ulster Unionist Party branch, in his professional life he rose from being a shipping clerk in the 1950s to becoming P&O’s port manager in Larne.

Born on his family’s farm a couple of miles south of the town on February 4, 1934, he maintained an interest in agriculture throughout his life.

He was known as a border collie breeder, and as having been the long-time secretary of Cairncastle Sheepdog Society.

He was actually christened as Andrew Park Wilson, but was commonly known throughout his life simply as Park – which had been the maiden name of his mother.

His wife of more than half-a-century, Rosemary, had died about six months before him.

Mr Wilson is survived by his siblings Nancy, James, Tommy, Albert, Doreen and Jean, by his children John, Kenneth, David, Andrew and Kathryn – and by his 13 grandchildren.