Tribute to the late Samuel Alexander Simpson.
Sammy as he was known to those who knew him was known by many of us over many years. He was a very quiet man that went about his business in a dignified and quiet manner as well as someone who had many interests.
Sammy was born and raised in the North Antrim area and after leaving Ballycastle Secondary school he embarked on a farming education at Greenmount College. Three years of hard work and I would suppose many long hours working on the family farm, saw Sammy emerge as a very competent young farmer. He was wedded to his local church of Ramoan and the activities there included being a member of the local Boys Brigade. He attained his Queens Badge and the Presidents Badge, both of which are very high standards within that organisation.
Not happy with that, he was involved with the local Young Farmers Club and could be found on many occasions, passing on his knowledge of the sport of tug of war to his young charges. Garvagh Tug of War Club was his club with whom he had many, many successes. Gold, Silver medals at NI Championships, Gold and silver at UKs and even medals at European level. Sammy could and did compete with the best of them , participating in competition all over Europe, Africa and the USA gaining many fiends along the way.
He was also a great ploughman winning a Gold medal for U25 at World level.
But Sammy always remained the quiet unassuming man that many of us grew to count on as a friend and team mate. Sammy always had a kind nature, disposition and a thoughtfulness for others.
Sammy took sick late last year and after being given the harrowing news of the seriousness of his illness he fought hard and bore his illness with dignity and his own self belief that there was better to come. Sammy battle against his illness ended when he sadly passed away last Friday 30th May 2014.
Sammy was always a good man who loved his family, was a stalwart to his church and the young people’s organisations that he participated in through the years, to the local young farmers club, to his employers, to all of his team mates in the Garvagh Tug of War club as well as his many friends from all over the World.
May you Rest in Peace Sammy.