Fr Christopher Nellis: Armoy PP served in parishes across Down and Connor diocese
ARDOYNE-born Fr Christopher Nellis served in parishes across the Down and Connor diocese before taking charge of Armoy in Co Antrim over the last 15 years.
Among those to pay tribute to the 65-year-old following his death last month was Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club.
"Fr Nellis was a great friend to the club down the years and we will miss his support, kindness and friendship very much," it said.
Armoy Community Association also said he had supported its work, including opening up the parish hall for a summer scheme free of charge each year.
Fr Nellis was born in April 1953 in the parish of Holy Cross in north Belfast.
He studied at St Malachy's College and St Kieran's Seminary, Kilkenny, being ordained in 1982.
After helping out in the parish of Portrush, his first posting was as curate on Rathlin Island.
He then spent three years in Kircubbin, a further three in St Joseph's Parish, Antrim.
From 1989 to 1994 he was curate in Magherahoney (Loughguile). He then spent six years in the Castlewellan and Downpatrick parishes, and from 2000 until 2002 was administrator of the Parish of Whitehouse and assisted in Greencastle.
After a year in Sacred Heart Parish in Belfast, he was made parish priest of Armoy in August 2003.
Fr Nellis died aged 65 on December 1. Predeceased by his parents Eileen and Richard and siblings Moira and Charlie, he is survived by his sisters Nuala and Josephine.
His Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Olcan's Church, Armoy followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.