Sadness at death of Canon Sam Barton

The late Canon Sam Barton.
The late Canon Sam Barton.

There was widespread sadness across Inishowen and beyond at the weekend, following the death of Reverend Canon Sam Barton.

Canon Barton passed away on Friday at Buncrana Community Hospital. He is survived by his wife Sandra and son Niall.

Canon Barton was buried on Sunday in St Mura’s Church graveyard, Fahan, following service in Christ Church, Buncrana.

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Right Reverend Ken Good, paid tribute.

He said: “Throughout the diocese, and far beyond, there is shock and sadness at the news of the death of Canon Sam Barton. Sam was much loved not only by his parishioners in the Fahan Group of Parishes but also by the wider community as well as throughout the diocese.

“He had a remarkable rapport with people and was known and respected for his active engagement in community life.After ordination as deacon in 1984, his parochial ministry, apart from a curacy in Ballywillan in the Diocese of Connor, was served entirely in Derry and Raphoe.

“He has undertaken many responsibilities in the diocese including Diocesan Education Coordinator, Communications Officer and Canon of St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe.Sam faced his illness with great courage, with realism and with strong faith. He deeply appreciated the support he and his family received from so many people. I assure Sandra and Niall and the wider family of our deep sympathy, our prayers and our support.”