In a statement this morning Councillor Darryl Wilson said “I am Deeply saddened to learn this morning that Johnny Gallagher has passed away just a few days before his 103rd birthday , Johnny was certainly a unique character, loved by his friends, family and indeed by everyone in Ballymoney, the town will be a little less colourful without Johnny, however Johnny’s memory will live on in our hearts, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and the entire family.
“Born on October 21st, 1914, in Hamilton Place in Portrush, Johnny was the son of Edward and Margaret Gallagher.
Educated in the Kelly Memorial Hall in Victoria Street in Portrush, Johnny had two brothers James and Tommy.
He lived in Portrush for 22 years and was a mechanic in a garage in Eglinton Lane.
During his time as a mechanic, he was also emplyed as an occasional chauffeur for some of the professional gentlemen of Portrush such as Dr Sloan Bolton.
Johnny then joined the Royal Air Force on July 12th, 1936.”