Tributes pour in for Bill Lyster, ‘a real Shankill legend’

by Rebecca Ryan
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Tributes have been flooding in for a much-loved caretaker of Scoil Mhuire school in Shankill who has passed away.

Bill Lyster (90) passed away peacefully just after Christmas and was buried in Shanganagh Cemetery January 2.

The father of eight, who was married for 63 years, was well known in the community and the children of Scoil Mhuire Primary School were very fond of Bill, who has been remembered as “gentle” and the “nicest man ever”.

His son, Ben, told the community on Facebook page Shankill Open Forum about his dad’s passing.

He wrote: “Well I don’t know if you know that beautiful man all the children loved that was the caretaker of Scoil Mhuire Rathsallagh for so many years. Bill Lyster, my dad, passed away last night in Loughlinstown hospital.”

Tributes flooded in for the much loved community man following the post, with many fondly remembering Bill from their time at the local

One wrote: “So sorry to hear this, a true gent and a real Shankill legend.”

Another wrote: “[I] was only recently talking about him. Loved Mr Lyster. He was the only good thing about going to school.”

While another wrote: “Mr Lyster will be fondly remembered by all in the community especially those who attended Scoil Mhuire all those years ago.”

One praised Bill’s kind character and said: “Mr Lyster made every
child feel like they were the centre of his attention. He was never just a care taker.”

Another commented: “What a kind man he was to me even though I was a little brat lol. R.I.P Mr Lyster.”

While another said the whole of Shankill will remember him: “I haven’t met many gentlemen in my life, but Mr Lyster was definitely one! A beautiful man inside and out he will always be remembered not just in Scoil Mhuire, but the whole of Shankill.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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