The daughter of late local businessman Harry Weir has shared her appreciation of the guard of honour formed by Freemasons at her father’s funeral, saying that it was a “really nice gesture.”

David Henry ‘Harry’ Weir, The former Rt Wor Provincial Grand Master of Tyrone and Fermanagh, passed away peacefully at the Graan Abbey Nursing Home, Enniskillen on January 31.

Mr. Weir was well-known in the local community as one of the founders of auto-parts company ‘Wilson, Lendrum and Weir Limited.’

Mr. Weir’s daughter, Lynne Weir, noted what starting the business with Desmond Wilson and Mervyn Lendrum meant to her father.

She said: “Dessie Wilson was already running a car parts business and needed more space and dad was working in County Cars and Mervyn Lendrum was working in another car parts place and the three of them came together and started in Derrychara and that was the start of ‘Wilson, Lendrum and Weir,’ and the three of them together.”

“He had a very strong work ethic, that was really important to him,” added Lynne.

Mr. Weir was predeceased by his beloved wife Lily.

Lynne explained that her father and mother met when her mother was “going to the Tech” and when they had married they lived together in Enniskillen.

“For about 42 years he lived at Drumlin Heights on the Sligo Road and he had great neighbours there.

“They had a real community and he was a good neighbour to them all,” commented Lynne.

Talking of her father’s neighbourliness, Lynne said: “He had a greenhouse and he used to grow tomatoes and the tomatoes would get farmed out around all the neighbours or the people that he knew, he was always giving them something that he had grown himself.”

Aside from his work, Mr. Weir was a highly regarded member of the local Freemasons.

Lynne said: “His big interest was the Masonic, that was just his life really, particularly after mum died, it filled a gap there as well.”

Talking of the guard of honour formed by fellow Freemasons from Tyrone and Fermanagh representing the 40 lodges, Lynne commented: “I’d never seen that before, it was just amazing. It was so good of them.”

She continued: “I know my dad would have actually loved that and the amount of masonic people that were there in all their various roles, it would’ve been a huge compliment to him that so many of them turned up.”

Lynne also noted that representatives of the Scouts, of which her father had been a member in his youth, formed part of the guard of honour.

Speaking about her father’s other interests, Lynne said: “He was into photography, he was always into taking photographs and he liked travelling.”

Sharing how her father’s love of photographs followed him into his later years, Lynne said: “When he moved out from Drumlin Heights and went into the care home there were photographs everywhere and he had photographs of just so many things, of people and places and loads of photos of me when I was small.”

She added: “I think that was a huge kind of a love thing that he showed. It was really nice of him. I never realised that until I went through all of them.”

Mr. Weir’s funeral was conducted by W T Morrison, Funeral Directors and took place on Saturday February 2 at St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen followed by the burial in Sydare Cemetery.