Neville Forsyth – 7th July 1939 to 23rd February 2023

Neville Forsyth – 7th July 1939 to 23rd February 2023


Obituary: Neville Forsythe – 7th July 1939 to 23rd February 2023   Neville Ivan Harkness Forsythe, formerly of Woodview Farm, Moneymore, passed away peacefully in hospital on 23rd February. He was the youngest child of the late William and Sarah Forsythe. Loving husband of Marian, father of Wendy, Ivan, Gary, and the late Keith, and a much-loved grandfather and great grandfather. Neville grew up on the family farm, and was just 20 years old when he inherited the farm. He had a love for animals, and his main farming enterprise was a herd of dairy cows. Over the years he bred pedigree Aberdeen Angus and Charolais cattle, and owned a flock of pedigree Dorset sheep. Neville also worked part-time selling PVC windows. Neville was a well-known and highly respected Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder. The family’s Coltrim prefix dates back to 1928. He was a long-serving committee member and former chairman of the Northern Ireland Aberdeen Angus Club. Neville was a past council member and president of the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association. During his presidency Neville was invited to a lunch attended by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society Patron, HRH Prince Charles, now King Charles III. Neville enjoyed meeting people, attending farming events and exhibiting cattle at agricultural shows such as Balmoral. He forged numerous friendships, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland visiting herds, and going to bull sales at Perth, Stirling and Carrick-on-Shannon. The Coltrim Herd, which currently comprises of 30 pedigree cows, has featured regularly in the NI Aberdeen Angus Cattle Club’s annual herd competition, winning numerous prizes in both the large and medium herd sections. An array of silverware and rosettes has also been won at breed shows and sales, and provincial agricultural shows, including Balmoral. Neville Forsythe was a faithful member of 1st Moneymore Presbyterian Church, and had a strong faith in God. He was also a member of Moneymore True Blues for over 60 years, and a member of Moneymore Royal Black Preceptory for more than 50 years. Neville and Marian married in 1963. He was a dedicated husband and father, and at the time of his passing the couple were almost 60 years married. Neville enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Many memorable holidays were spent with grandchildren in a touring caravan. In recent years, despite ailing health, Neville took a keen interest in the Aberdeen Angus herd, and kept abreast of all the farming and family news.

The late Neville Forsythe, right, from Moneymore, is pictured at Balmoral Show in 2015 with Aberdeen Angus judge David Evans.

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