The Memory Man
The Leckpatrick graveyard was maintained by the Church of Ireland until 1962 when it was taken over by Strabane Rural Council, later Strabane District Council. Since then there have been relatively few burials and the task is now one of preservation. One notable memorial in recent years has been to local man, Robert (Bobby) Nicholl, erected by Strabane Council in 1989. Bobby Nicholl was locally renowned for his ability to recall dates and events and had the ability to name the actual day of the week that events had occurred on in the past. The memorial pays tribute to his uniqueness and his approachability while also recognising his humility and relative obscurity.
ROBERT NICHOLL 1907 – 1985
IN REMEMBRANCE OF BOBBY NICHOLL (THE MEMORY MAN)
UNIQUELY ENDOWED BY HIS CREATOR
WITH THE RARE GIFT OF
TOTAL AND INSTANT RECALL
WHICH WAS SO OFTEN USED FOR
THE EDIFICATION AND ENJOYMENT
OF MANY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
ERECTED BY STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCIL
The Leckpatrick cemetery appears to have been used by families over a wide area, with many of the memorials suggesting burials from neighbouring parishes. Many of the gravestones in the older parts of the cemetery are partially or wholly overgrown and more work is needed on preservation. The cemetery was mapped and recorded in 1991 by David and Sheelah Todd and their pioneering work has proved most advantageous in the compiling of this article. It should now be possible to have this information available in an easily accessible database for the use of family history research and as an incentive to other cemetery guardians to make accessible the vital information that each contains.