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‘The end of an era’

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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JIM McCart, who died yesterday (Monday) has been described as a man who always had the community of Warrenpoint at heart.
A former Chairman of Newry and Mourne District Council, Mr McCart began his political career in the early 1960s as a member of the former Warrenpoint Urban District Council.
In 1972 he was elected to the then newly-formed Newry and Mourne District Council, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.
Serving SDLP councillor Michael Carr, who replaced Jim following his retirement, paid tribute to him.
Michael said: "I have known Jim for most of my life and we lived next door to each other for a period in the late 70's early 80's. Jim was a gentleman with a good business head, an eye for detail and an interest in how all things worked, he was respected by all who knew him.
“He was elected to the new council and remained a councillor for the duration of 'The Troubles', and on to 2001. He was a strong advocate for peace and justice, even after being threatened and having his property attacked."
Cllr Carr said that Jim was a formidable Councillor and was as likely to take on his own colleagues as he was the opposition.
“He was never afraid to speak his mind but always had the good of the whole Community at heart," he added.
“Even in his latter years, Jim was always open to people speaking to him and conveying their concerns even though he was no longer on the Council.
“Jim quietly helped many people in Warrenpoint and further afield, in many different ways. He was a manager in Reed Corrugated Cases better known as The Box Factory, served on the board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority for many years and took a great interest in the development and success story of Warrenpoint Town Football Club.
“Jim will be sadly missed by all. On behalf of Warrenpoint/Rostrevor SDLP Branch we pass on our sincere condolences on the death of our close friend and treasurer, to his family."
One of his former council colleagues, Hugh Carr, said Jim's passing marks the end of an era in Warrenpoint.
“He was a diligent public representative and a genuine public servant," Hugh said.
“He had an amazingly broad range of interests and was dedicated to his late wife Marie and to his family as they were to him.
“Jim was an excellent neighbour, always thinking of the needs of others.
“I was privileged to have served with him on Newry and Mourne DC for 12 years and to have been a friend and neighbour for many more years than that, I shall miss him very much.
“I extend my sympathy to his family circle. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh a anam uasal."

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