SYMPATHY has been extended following the death of Armoy Parish Priest Fr Christopher Nellis.
He passed away on Saturday after serving in the St Olcan’s Parish for the past 15 years.
A Funeral Times notice said: ‘NELLIS, CHRISTOPHER REV. FR. Parish Priest of Armoy. Died December 1, 2018, dear son of the late Eileen and Richard, beloved brother of Nuala and Josephine and the late Moira and Charlie.
‘Deeply regretted by his loving family, parishioners and the Bishops and Priests of the Diocese of Down and Connor.
‘Reception of remains, St. Olcan’s Church, Armoy, at 6pm Monday 3rd December. Requiem Mass, Tuesday, 4th December at noon and burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.’
Armoy Community Association said: “ACA wishes to extend its sympathies to the family, friends and parishioners of Fr. Christopher Nellis (Parish Priest of St. Olcan’s Armoy) who died on Saturday morning.
“Fr Nellis served in St. Olcan’s Parish for the past 15 years. During this time, he was a friend of the Community Association and supported our work.
“Each year, he opened up the Parish Hall for the Summer Scheme free of charge and was delighted that it could be brought to life for the weeks of the summer Scheme”.
St Olcan’s Primary School in Armoy said: “Due to the recent death of Fr Nellis school will be closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect. The school will be organising a guard of honour for tomorrow evening when Fr Nellis is being brought to the chapel.”
Armoy Motorcycling Road Racing Club said on Saturday: “The Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club are saddened to hear the news tonight about the death of Fr. Nellis from St. Olcan’s Church in the Village.
“Fr. Nellis was a great friend to the club down the years and we will miss his support, kindness and friendship very much. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family, friends and the Parish at this very sad time.”