Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Murder victim (75) was a gentleman, says close friend

Murdered father-of-two Michael McGleenon was the “salt of the earth” and a “true gentleman”, a close friend has told the Telegraph.

Mr McGleenon, a 75-year-old retired civil servant from Lurgan, was found in an upstairs bedroom in his house in Mansefield — a quiet residential street of semi-detached properties off the town’s Old Portadown Road.

It is believed police received an emergency telephone call requesting them to attend the property at about 9pm on Thursday.

His 35-year-old son, also named Michael, was arrested at the scene and was last night being questioned in connection with the murder of his father.

Last night a stunned friend of the victim paid tribute to Mr |McGleenon, describing his shock at the tragic death.

The man, who did not want to be identified, said: “I knew Michael for about 20 years, I used to play golf with him. I found him to be an absolute gentleman. There is no other way to describe him, he was the salt of the earth.

“He lost his beautiful wife Olive to cancer before her time and he gave up work to be there for his sons Michael, who would be about 35, and Patrick who would be about 37.

“They were old enough to look after themselves but that was the kind of man he was. I had a lot of admiration for him.

“He had come through a lot with his wife dying so young. Olive and Michael were the best people and we’re devastated. They were a lovely family.

“Olive was a beautiful person as well. She was a nurse and a very, very good one too.

“Young Michael had mental health problems but we thought he was doing okay. He got out of hospital recently and was holding down a job. Any kind of incident like this really does rock you to your foundation. It’s devastating.”

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: “They are a well-respected family, very quiet, just ordinary people and it is extremely shocking. To lose a member of your family in such a way is bad enough but given the fact that a son is being questioned it is a double blow.”

The street remained cordoned off last night as police continued examining the scene for clues with only residents being allowed access to the road.

A representative of the McGleenon family has said they are too upset to speak about their loss and have requested privacy.

Last night police had not released any details about the incident or the post mortem results, except to appeal for information.

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