Robin was born to make other people smile, mourners told

Car shaped wreaths from friends of the late Robin Wilson who was killed on Easter Monday.
Car shaped wreaths from friends of the late Robin Wilson who was killed on Easter Monday.

An Armoy man killed in a tragic road accident “was born to make other people smile”, mourners at his funeral heard yesterday.

Robin Wilson, 26, died after a head-on collision between two cars on the Cushendall Road near Ballycastle on Monday.

Also killed was Johnny Black, 19, from Ballycastle whose funeral took place on Thursday.

The collision left six others injured, including 18-year-old Clodagh Arbuckle, who was last night still critically ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Armoy Presbyterian Church minister the Rev Peter Turton said close to 250 people turned out for the funeral of former lorry body shop worker, Mr Wilson.

“It was a very large funeral and there were a lot of young people there as Robin was very well known in the area,” he said.

“His family were obviously very emotional and his many friends were very quiet. I am sure it is just as difficult for the other families affected by this.”

The Rev Turton told mourners Mr Wilson had been “an Armoy lad through and through” and was “well liked by everyone who knew him”.

He added: “He loved to be able to help others. He was a conscientious and hard worker, always willing do someone a good turn. He often put his work and others before himself.

“Robin always seemed to have something to say and of course often had a huge smile upon his face.

“He was born to make other people smile.

“He would often put a smile on your face when there seemed like there was nothing worth smiling about.”

Mr Wilson had been “in the prime of life” with a lot to live for.

He concluded that he had been “a dearly loved son” of Patricia and Andrew and “a much loved brother” to Graham, Marc and Matthew.

“A very dear grandson and nephew and cousin. He was a good friend to many. He will be lovingly remembered and very sadly missed.”