09 March 2022
Passing of Heather Semple
It is with great sadness that I must let you know that our dear friend and colleague, Heather Semple, passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Geoff, and her daughters Jenna and Katie at this desperately sad time.
As colleagues will be aware, Heather was diagnosed with a very serious medical condition just before Christmas. Mercifully, she was able to spend Christmas at home with her family before starting on an intensive course of treatment. Unfortunately, her health deteriorated very rapidly and she was admitted to hospital earlier this week. This morning we received the dreadful news that Heather had passed away.
Heather Semple personified all that is good about our Society. As the Society’s Librarian, and more recently as Head of the Library and Information Service, she gave over 32 years devoted service to the Solicitor profession in Northern Ireland. Her passion for her work was evident to everyone who encountered her, whether solicitors, trainees, Judges and staff. She was a friend to everyone and was, in many ways, the best of us.
The Society’s Library will close as a mark of respect until after Heather’s funeral.
DAVID A LAVERY CB
9 March 2022