15th January 2018

It is with sadness that we have learned about the death of Victor McCormac, longstanding member of the Belfast church family. He passed away on Sabbath, 13 January, surrounded by his family. Pastor Douglas McCormac, his firstborn son, shared the following obituary and details of funeral arrangements.

McCormac, Robert Victor born on the 8th May 1943 to Bob and Ethel McCormac in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Victor was the eldest of the living siblings in what was a relatively large family.

Victor was raised in a Church of Ireland home but it was his future wife, Ethel Moore, who dragged him along to a Michael Perret campaign in the Fitzroy Presbyterian Church where he gave his life to Christ.

However, Victor was introduced to the Adventist message by his Aunty May, with whom he was living at the time. His Aunt was attending a campaign in the Belfast Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Paddy Boyle. His Aunt would share the various messages each evening with Victor after he came off the late shift as a bus driver for the Belfast City Corporation. Victor used to come to church in his drivers uniform and leaving the service to go straight to work. But the church members loved him into the church and making the decision to be baptised he also gave his notice to work because he could not get Sabbath off. Victor shared his new-found Adventist faith with his new wife, Ethel, his parents and siblings, most of whom made a decision for baptism.

Despite leaving the buses in 1970, he spoke about his love of having been a bus driver and shared many experiences with his family and friends very often.

As a teenager, he was a Boy Scout and often recounted the stories of mischief that he and his pack got up to and achieving his Queen Scout award. Experience which was valuable for when he later was involved in Pathfinders and achieved his Masterguide.

Under the watchful eye of Pastor Dalbert Elias, Victor was asked to become an elder, a post in which he served for over 30 years. He also served the church as the church clerk, travelled across Northern Ireland as a lay preacher and was a member of the Irish Mission Executive Committee for a number of terms. Victor committed himself not only to God but also to seeing the gospel commission fulfilled.

He was never afraid to share his faith with colleagues, friends and family and his love for Christ was reflected in his unwavering support for the work of the church at home and across Ireland.

Victor spent much of his working life with Calvert Electric and Hotpoint Creda but had worked in construction, undertakers and a wholesaler chemist.

Victor McCormac

Victor was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer two years ago, but despite the poor prognosis, miraculously responded to treatment, to the point that it gave him many more months than the few that had been predicted. He embraced the prognosis knowing that God was with him, and the hope that he had he shared passionately with everyone he encountered in person and every other medium that was available to him. However, the cancer progressed a year later, but some treatment made the closing months of his life more comfortable.

He wanted to express his thanks for all the letters, emails, phone calls, visits and prayers over the last few months, he was greatly encouraged by them, many of which many he recorded in five journals which he began when first diagnosed.

Funeral Arrangements:

The funeral service will be held at Belfast Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday, 17 January at noon.

The service will be followed by the committal at Roselawn Cemetery.

He has requested family flowers only and that donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ a Charity which he supported and gained support from.

Donations can be made online at

[Douglas McCormac]

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