"This morning my dear friend and colleague Cllr John Finlay passed away. I and all his friends are heartbroken and sad to lose such a dedicated colleague and friend.
John was an active public servant. He loved his role as a councillor. He took his job seriously and was an example to his colleagues.
He was a faithful and dependable friend. John was amongst my closest friends. He held the post of chairman of the North Antrim association for almost 20 years. He was totally dependable, utterly loyal and always had your back.
He was a dedicated Christian. Johns Christian testimony was well known. He worshiped publicly and has deep Christian values. He was a great prayer warrior and supported many missionaries and church causes privately. He will be missed by them.
I extend my thoughts and prayers to Linda and his daughters who know that John is with his Lord and saviour. They have lost a wonderful father and a loyal husband. John loved nothing more than being with his girls, enjoying their company and a good cup of coffee.
Our hearts are broken for his family and their loss."