Son of councillor Glenn Finlay tells mourners at his funeral that ‘I just wish you’d come home’

The son of councillor Glenn Finlay has told mourners at his funeral that “I just wish you’d come home”.

By Adam Kula
Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 3:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 3:55 pm
The coffin of Glenn Finlay leaving the chapel, taken from a live public broadcast of the funeral
The coffin of Glenn Finlay leaving the chapel, taken from a live public broadcast of the funeral

The former vice-chairman of the Alliance Party (who since re-designated as independent and continued serving on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council) died suddenly last Wednesday, aged 41, leaving a widow and two children.

His funeral at St MacNissi’s chapel in Randalstown today saw Father John Forsythe tell the mourners: “In a situation of a sudden death, it’s almost like a bad dream. We say: ‘I want to wake up out of this and make this go away.’ All we really want is the person back again.”

He said that Glenn was “wholeheartedly, number one, a family man”.

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His son Dylan went on to deliver a short tribute, saying he had been “a great husband, a great father, and for an unfortunately short amount of time with Grace, he was on his way to becoming the best granda”.

He added: “You did so much good for people, all those charities you started up and supported, and always made sure to do it with a smile.

“Before I go I just want you to know I’m running down the path you walked, because you paved it for me.

“I’m just so proud of you. I just wish you’d come home.

“I realise now I need to come to you When that day comes I hope you’re waiting for me to give me a hug. Dad, I love you so much and will never stop thinking about you.”

The coffin was then taken to Roselawn crematorium.