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Family ‘mystified’ by suicide of loving dad

By Victoria O'Hara and Emily Moulton

Richard Victor was an outgoing, friendly man, described by those who knew him as a “loving husband and father”.

But the apparent suicide of the popular father-of-two this week has shocked residents in the quiet Co Down town of Moira.

Mr Victor, owner of Dovetail Designs, was found dead in the kitchen showroom of his Main Street store on Monday.

His death has mystified family and friends. Some have suggested the businessman may have had financial difficulties.

It is understood a delivery driver employed by Mr Victor discovered his body just after 12.30pm on Monday.

The employee contacted the emergency services but there was nothing that could be done for the 49-year-old.

Mr Victor had lived in the area for most of his life and had been running his handmade kitchen and bedroom furnishing business in the town for around four years.

His wife Tracy was too upset to speak yesterday at the family’s home on the outskirts of the village.

The Rev Elizabeth Hewitt, from Moira Methodist Church, told the Belfast Telegraph Mr Victor’s death had been utterly devastating for his family.

She explained that his two children and wife were still trying to come to terms with the tragic events.

“The family are devastated and shocked by what has happened,” she said. “As you can imagine, they don’t know why. There were no indications that this might happen.

“They are a lovely family and they are just devastated by this event.

“He was a loving husband and father. He was a very friendly, outgoing man and had many friends. Ultimately, it is difficult to understand what led to this act.

“It’s just tragic, it really is. He had a lot to live for and, sadly, we don’t know what led to this and why he chose to end his life.”

Yesterday, many of the business owners in the picture postcard village were too shocked to speak about the sudden death as the lights inside the stone-built kitchen shop stayed off.

One family friend, who didn’t want to be named, said: “Richard had mentioned he had money worries with the recession, but so have the rest of us. People hadn’t seen him about much lately but he usually took two weeks off over the Twelfth to go to the caravan.

“It’s just so sad for his family and his two children, who are twins — a little boy and girl — who are going into second year.

“The ambulance and police were at the shop really quickly but nothing could be done.

“Everyone is so shocked about it. The fella who found him is pretty upset, it’s just so sad.”

A shop owner added: “It’s just terrible for his family. I didn’t know him that well but he seemed a nice man.”

A funeral service for Mr Victor will be held at Moira Methodist Church tomorrow at 11.30am followed by committal at Roselawn Crematorium at 1.30pm.

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