IAN Paisley MP has paid tribute to the passing of Alderman John Finlay.
Councillor John Finlay passed away in the early hours of this morning.
In a social media post, Mr Paisley said "This morning my dear friend and colleague Cllr John Finlay passed away.
"I and all his friends are heartbroken and sad to lose such a dedicated colleague and friend. John was an active public servant. He loved his role as a councillor. He took his job seriously and was an example to his colleagues. He was a faithful and dependable friend. John was amongst my closest friends.
"He held the post of chairman of the North Antrim association for almost 20 years. He was totally dependable, utterly loyal and always had your back. He was a dedicated Christian. John’s Christian testimony was well known.
"He worshipped publicly and has deep Christian values. He was a great prayer worrier and supported many missionaries and church causes privately. He will be missed by them. I extend my thoughts and prayers to Linda and his daughters who know that John is with his Lord and saviour.
"They have lost a wonderful father and a loyal husband. John loved nothing more than being with his girls, enjoying their company and a good cup of coffee. Our hearts are broken for his family and their loss."
Two months ago the DUP Ballymoney councillor revealed on social media that he had just months to live after doctors told him his cancer was untreatable.
At the time John Finlay said that he was planning to continue to fulfil his political duties for as long as possible. In June on social media he said "As some of you will know, I haven’t been too well over recent months and therefore unable to serve my constituents in the way I would have wished.
"Today, I learned from consultants that my cancer is untreatable and I have only two to three months left.
"This is not the news I wanted to hear, but I want to continue to serve the people as best I can for as long as I can. So if you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me."
On behalf of Causeway Coast Community, we pass on our condolences to his friends, family and DUP colleagues.