Cycling Ulster is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its long time Treasurer, Oliver Hunter.
Oliver was devoted to the development of cycling and spent decades promoting the sport at club and provincial level.
Oliver first became involved in the sport when he joined Harps CC in Cookstown and represented the club in competition in the 1950’s and 1960’s during a time when cycle racing consisted mostly of grass track events. He was later involved in the Flogas Harps CC in the late 1980’s.
Oliver joined Bann Valley Road Club in the early 1990’s and immediately became involved in the club committee, helping to organise all aspects of club activities including the annual Bann Valley Classic and the club league as well as leisure and social events.
At provincial level, he was a member of the Cycling Ulster Executive for thirty years, taking on the role of Treasurer and managing the organisation’s finances which has enabled Cycling Ulster to be in a much stronger position today than it was at the time when he was first elected.
Oliver was always keen to support the growth of the sport at all levels and the various disciplines, particularly at youth level and in his role as Treasurer, he was a strong voice for ensuring funding was used to provide more opportunities for young cyclists to develop and improve.
As a member of the Ulster Cycle Promotions Committee, he was at the forefront of organising national and international races in the province including the Tour of Ulster, the City Centre Criterium Series, the Belfast-Dublin-Belfast 2-Day and All Ireland Championships. This provided riders in the province with the opportunity to compete in international events on the home scene and Oliver was in his element at seeing the local riders challenging those from abroad.
Oliver’s passion for the sport also extended to his wife, Carmel and daughter Carmelanne who supported him during his immense contribution at local and provincial level. Carmelanne served alongside her father for several years on the Cycling Ulster Executive in the position of Secretary.
Oliver continued to be significantly involved in the sport up until the pandemic and his recent illness which saw him step down from the Cycling Ulster Executive in 2021.
On behalf of its members, the Cycling Ulster Executive extends its deepest condolences to Oliver’s wife, Carmel, daughter Carmelanne, his wider family circle and friends on the death of a true gentleman.
Oliver was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret R.I.P, brother of Marie and Claire and the late Tom and Patsy R.I.P.
Oliver’s funeral will take place on Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Cookstown at 1pm.