Tributes have continued to pour in for Agricultural ambassador Thelma Gorman R.I.P, who tragically lost her life to a farming accident.
It is understood that the 67-year-old cattle breeder and judge died followed an attack involving a cow on her own farm.
The incident is believed to have occurred on Friday afternoon last 8th September at approximately 1.30pm.
A leading figure in the Agricultural circles
The late Mrs. Gorman née Wilson, Co. Armagh was a well-recognised, well-respected and a much-loved member of the farming community.
Thelma was renowned for her involvement in the pedigree Simmental breeding circles, with a herd managed under the ‘Woodford’ prefix for a timespan close to four decades.
Mrs. Gorman enjoyed show-ring success scooping prestigious silverware and was involved in Tyrone and Armagh show for over forty years.
She also sat as the director of Armagh County Agricultural Show.
In recent years, she was involved with the cattle section of the Tydavnet Show in Co. Monaghan.
For the past number of years Thelma looked after the hospitality end for the society the Balmoral Show and enjoyed meeting both breeders and friends.
Speaking about Thelma, Mr. Robin Boyd President of British Simmental Society and Secretary of Northern Ireland Breeders’ Club told That’s Farming
‘‘Thelma was always in the background in whatever was going on. She would always help to organise any event and she was involved with anything to do with the Simmental breed. She was a pleasure to work with and I cannot speak highly enough of her to be honest.’’
‘‘She was such a kind person right through her life. She was a great ambassador for the breed at all the shows and supported them all every year in the North and even the South whenever she was able to go without fail.’’ Robin said.
Robin recalls Mrs. Gorman showing cattle in the south of Ireland, including RDS Dublin, some years ago.
Thelma was the only lady chairperson in the history of Northern-Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club in both 1997 and 2007.
‘‘Nothing was too much trouble and she was always a pleasure to work with. She would do anything for anybody and it goes way beyond the Simmental breed.’’ Robin added.
Thelma was the worthy recipient of the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at the Farming Life and Danske Bank Awards 2016.
For the past two decades, Thelma and her husband Peter showed great compassion for children with learning disabilities and willingly opened the doors of their home.
Mrs. Gorman’s funeral service will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 12th September) at 1.30pm, which will be followed by in First Keady (The Temple ) Presbyterian Churchyard.
Immediate family flowers only have been requested, with donations if desired for Northern-Ireland Air Ambulance.
We extend our greatest sympathies to her husband Peter, mother Molly, Sister Sandra, the entire family circle and indeed all of those who mourn the loss of Mrs. Thelma Gorman.
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