The death took place on May 30, 2017, of Acheson Aiken of Drumadravey, Irvinestown, a former High Sheriff for Co. Fermanagh, who was in his 97th year.

Only son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Acheson Aiken, of Drumadravey, and one in a family of five, he was educated in Dublin after which he entered the UK Civil Service, from which he retired in 1980.

Since then his interests have been many and varied but it was with his horticultural pursuits that he was most generally associated.

He was a long standing and active member of the Royal Horticultural Society and the International Dendrology Society and more recently a Foundation Member of the Friends of Kew Gardens.

He greatly enjoyed his close association with the members of the Fermanagh Gardening Society, of which he had been secretary and chairman over recent years and more recently President. 

He was an avid supporter of the National Trust having served as a member of both the Northern Ireland Regional Committee and the National Trust Gardens Committee.

In January 1992, he was appointed High Sheriff for Co. Fermanagh.

Following Acheson’s peaceful passing at the Trevenna Lodge Care Home, Killadeas, his funeral service took place in Derryvullen North Parish Church, Irvinestown on Friday, June 2.

The service was conducted by the Very Rev. Raymond Thompson. Acheson’s nephew Richard delivered a eulogy at the funeral service. He spoke about his memories of their family life and how Acheson was a favourite uncle.

Burial was in the family grave at Derryvullen North Parish Churchyard.

Acheson is survived by his sister Joan Stone and two nephews Richard and David. He was predeceased by his sisters Evelyn, Rosalie and Betty.

The funeral arrangements were by S.R. Elliott and Sons, Darling Street, Enniskillen.