The following was written by Robert C Davison, Chairman of the North Down & Ards branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society:
The Irish family history ‘community’ throughout Ireland and beyond, is mourning the loss of Randal Gill, who died in the Ulster Hospital on Sunday afternoon, following a severe stroke on Thursday last. Ironically, Randal was in the grounds of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum when he collapsed. It was here that he had spent the last 35 years as a Museum Guide and he retired from that position in 2011.
Randal was born on 14th January 1946 and after schooling, worked for Robinson & Cleaver in their Bangor store. His interest in family history began in 1967 when a cousin from Australia came to Northern Ireland, and together, they began to research Randal’s Mother’s family. This led to visits to Limerick for local research and then the old General Register Office in the Custom House, Dublin. However, he was not only interested in Family History but was also involved with the Scouts and the Philatelic Society. He was on the committee of the Ulster Folklife Society and was assistant secretary for many years.