Cecil Cousley, a former Councillor of Ballymoney Borough Council has sadly passed away.
Mr Cousley, a farmer by occupation, was first elected to the council in 1981 and held that seat until stepping down in 2015 with the transition to the new Causeway super-council.
The DUP stalwart also served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor many times over his political career as well as sitting for North Antrim at the NI Assembly in 1982.
Former party colleague, Alderman John Finlay has said he was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of his party colleague, Mr Cecil Cousley MBE.
Alderman Finlay said,
“I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of my party colleague Cecil Cousley MBE.
”Cecil was a DUP stalwart and a faithful servant of the people of North Antrim, and Ballymoney in particular, over many years, representing them in both Stormont and on Ballymoney Council. He served as Mayor of Ballymoney and Deputy Mayor.
”I was privileged to work with Cecil on Ballymoney Council from 1998 to 2015. Sympathies and prayers are with his wife Jean and the other members of his family circle at this sad time”.