Last modified: 08 October 2012
It was with great sorrow and fond memories that the staff of RSPB Northern Ireland, past and present, paid tribute to former colleague Eddie Franklin of Gawley’s Gate, Aghalee, who died on the 30th August 2012.
Eddie, known locally as Birdman, devoted over 30 years to RSPB, initially as Antrim Members Group leader and subsequently working first at Shane’s Castle Nature Reserve, Antrim. Eddie assisted with the acquisition of Portmore Lough in 1990 where he worked tirelessly to restore the precious habitat until his retirement in 1999. Eddie was passionate about the environment and had a gift for working with young people, whom he enjoyed enthusing and involving in RSPB reserve work. After retirement, Eddie spent 5 years as a full time volunteer and he received the prestigious RSPB President’s Award in recognition of the dedication and hard work he undertook for conservation in Northern Ireland. Eddie was a unique, kind and caring individual, he lived life to the full. He loved music, was a fan of Everton Football Club and enjoyed socialising with his wide circle of friends and family. Eddie will be missed by all who knew him and his inspirational work will carry on.