On Monday, August 13, the family and surrounding community of Mr. William Joseph Hogg were left shocked and greatly saddened by his sudden death due to a farming accident. Joseph was born on July 14, 1939 on the family home farm at Aughinlark, Fivemiletown where he was brother to Lettie, May, Zoe, Hazel, Walter and Audrey.
He attended school in Fivemiletown and later the Technical College in Enniskillen.
From a young age his love of farming was clearly evident and he often talked of school being a bit of an inconvenience for him, keeping him from the adventure and excitement of helping the men who worked on the family farm at the time. So as soon as he could he returned to the family farm where he developed an interest in dairy farming.
In 1966 he moved to farm at Ballagh Road, Artclea which was to be his home for the rest of his days. In 1968 he married his wife Gladys, with whom he had 35 very happy years. For both of them, 1975 was to be a significant year as they committed their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ at a mission held in Aughentaine Presbyterian Church.
For the rest of his life his faith was to be central to who he was and this was expressed through his commitment and service to his local church Aughentaine, where he eventually became Elder and later Clerk of Session. It was also expressed in the interest he took in the spiritual lives of those around him, whether by inviting friends and neighbours to attend special services or by his daily prayers for his family, neighbours and friends. He took great joy in seeing the youth of the church going on in their faith and through the years taught Sunday School, helped with Summer Holiday Clubs and at the Christian Endeavour.
The arrival of his daughter Ruth brought great joy in 1978 and with Gladys they formed a close family unit. Gladys' death in 2003 was very difficult for Joseph but he sought comfort in the close relationship with his daughter and kindness of friends and family. In April 2012 he married Adeline with whom he found great happiness and companionship in the final four months of his life. The funeral service was held in Aughentaine Presbyterian Church and was conducted by the Rev. Roy Campbell and the Rev. Sam McGuffin in the absence of the Rev. Colin Dickson. The hymns were "Before the Throne of God above" and "Loved with everlasting Love" and the sermon focused on Isaiah 53, one of Joseph's favourite bible passages.
Joseph is survived by his wife Adeline, daughter Ruth, son-in law David, brother Walter and sisters Lettie, Hazel and Audrey as well as the wider family circle.
The funeral arrangements were by W.T. Morrison (J.A. Stinson), Enniskillen.