Irvine Grey, who fell in love with Kenya after joining his sons on a volunteer teacher visit, has died.
Originally from Fermanagh, Irvine attended the Greenmount Agricultural College near Antrim and joined the Ministry of Agriculture’s veterinary division. He also worked in the marketing department of John Thompson’s before moving to Craigavon in 1974 to work in public relations for Goodyear.
In the same year, he met his future wife Ingvor from Sweden, who he married two years later, having two sons and two daughters.
After working as a PR consultant and in sales with Canada Life Insurance in Belfast, he launched Medimoneycare in Lurgan.
After the turn of the millennium, he decided to join his sons who were heading out to Kenya to volunteer as teachers. Falling in love with the country, he developed a lasting compassion for the poverty of the people.
Speaking at that time, he said: “The injustice of the greedy evangelists really angered me. How anyone can exploit the crushing poverty and yet live in luxury is infuriating. It’s a mockery of every principle of Christianity.”
Irvine Grey died peacefully at his home in The Hollows Lurgan on Febrary 25 and a service of thankgiving will be held on Sunday 3 March in Moira Baptist Church in Lurgan.
The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers with any money sent being shared between the Friends of the Cancer Centre and an orphanage in Nairobi which he supported (cheques made payable to Milne Funeral Services donations account c/o Milne Funeral Services, 57 Tandragee Road, Lurgan, BT66 8TL).