The agricultural community and the Robinson family of Dungannon are mourning the loss of a beloved figure and pioneering entrepreneur, Lorna Robinson, who founded Cloughbane Farm Shop. She passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the Royal Victoria Hospital. The news of her passing was shared with a heavy heart on social media, where the Cloughbane Farm Shop’s official Facebook page posted a solemn announcement on Monday.
Lorna Robinson was a visionary in the field of agriculture and business, with her education rooted in Cookstown High School, followed by a successful acquisition of a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from Ulster University in 2006. Her professional journey began in sales at World Books before she ascended the ranks to become a division manager. However, in 2009, she pivoted towards a path that would become her legacy – the establishment of free-range hen farming practices that are still in operation today.
Her contributions to the industry did not go unnoticed, as Lorna was the recipient of multiple accolades including the prestigious 2013 UK Food and Farming Retail of the Year Award. She was instrumental in overseeing the Human Resources aspect of the business, but it was her warmth and genuineness that left an indelible mark on those she encountered. Lorna’s ability to remember the minutiae of her customers’ lives and share stories of farm life exemplified her commitment to creating a connection with both visitors and locals alike.
The legacy of Lorna Robinson extends beyond her professional achievements. She was a devoted wife to Sam and a cherished mother to Richard, Clare, Bob, and Iain. Her role as a mother-in-law to Ciara, Shirley, and Iain, and as a grandmother to Connie, Bob, Grace, Conor, Eli, and Noah, was embraced with love and dedication.
The funeral service for Lorna Robinson is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 1 pm, to be held at Sandholes Presbyterian Church, followed by a private family interment. Respecting the family’s wishes, the residence has been kept private. Tributes in the form of family flowers are welcome, but for those wishing to honour Lorna’s memory further, donations to Revive I.C.U. can be made through F. Martin and Sons, located at 185 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, BT70 1RY, in support of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Indeed, the impact of Lorna Robinson’s life will continue to resonate within her community and among all who knew her. Her passion and kindness have left a lasting imprint, and she will be deeply missed. The Robinson family and the Cloughbane Farm Shop are grateful for the outpouring of support during this difficult time. Further updates will be provided as they become available.