Sydney McCrum was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be fondly remembered as a true gentleman.
The Waringstown man died suddenly at home on February 6 at the age of 55.
Sydney James McCrum was born on February 18, 1958, the eldest son of Edith and the late Sydney McCrum.
He grew up in Churchill Place, Waringstown and along with his loving brothers David, Paul and Charles had a secure and Christian upbringing.
He soon developed a passion for sport including football, athletics, cricket and in recent years some epic weekly tennis matches.
Sydney was educated at Waringstown Primary School and Banbridge Academy where he was soon joined by his brother David throughout his education.
He was an integral part of a close knit family and shared a carefree childhood growing up in the village.
Sydney spent many happy days helping on John Abraham’s farm and was well known around the village working the milk round for Howard Abraham.
He was a member of the Boys’ Brigade and played cricket for various Waringstown boys’ teams.
In 1980 Sydney married his sweetheart Patricia Harris at Newmills Presbyterian and together they shared a wonderful marriage and were blessed with two children - Richard and Zoe.
Their home on the Clare Road was often described as a warm and social haven for family and friends - one was always guaranteed good hospitality, good food and great company.
Sydney forged a career of community service joining the RUC in 1983 and served with distinction and excellence for 25 years majoring as a community police officer in Newry and Craigavon, retiring at the age of 50 in 2008.
As a cricketer Sydney adored the game and played enthusiastically for Waringstown, Lurgan, Victoria, Donaghcloney and the RUC.
In addition, he was a founder and stalwart of the Millpark Taverners in the midweek league and enjoyed many hours of camaraderie with colleagues he valued.
Aside from his passion for cricket Sydney also had a love of motorsport, particularly rally driving where he competed in his late teens and early twenties.
In latter years he also become involved with showjumping through his wife Patricia and daughter Zoe who excel and have a love of the sport in which they are highly renowned throughout Ireland.
Sydney’s funeral service took place last Monday (February 10) at Roselawn Crematorium where a large gathering paid their final respects.
He is dearly missed by his family and friends and his sudden passing has left a huge void in the hearts and minds of many.