Liz Haldane, the former chairman of Northern Ireland timber firm Haldane Shiells, died on March 3.

Mrs Haldane assumed the role after the IRA murder of her husband John in Belfast in 1991.

Delivering the eulogy at her funeral, reited Appeal Court judge Sir Anthony Campbell said many people would have been crushed but Mrs Haldane “had the fortitude not only to be able to support her sons and daughters… but also to take on the task of being chairman of Haldane Shiells at what was a difficult time”.

“It was a task at which she was praised for combining good judgment with an ability to see the whole picture,” he said.

Mrs Haldane was lady captain at Royal Belfast Golf Club in 2000, and was also a member of Royal County Down Golf Club. She also served on the committee of Cruse, a charity that supports the bereaved, and visited the young offenders’ centre at Hydebank.