Family pays a moving tribute as 'gentleman' Nelson is laid to rest
More than 200 mourners said goodbye at the funeral on Tuesday of well-known east Belfast man and "beloved brother" Nelson Glover, who died from lung cancer.
Mr Glover passed away last Thursday aged 57 following his diagnosis in September.
The loss prompted an outpouring of touching tributes from family and friends, and more than 30 death notices in the Belfast Telegraph.
Yesterday a lone piper led Mr Glover's cortege on his final journey on the Newtownards Road to Roselawn Cemetery.
"The service couldn't have gone any better," his brother John said. "He was fondly remembered and we were so proud of the send-off he got today. My brother-in-law Eric conducted the service and we had about five speakers with plenty of humour, not too much sadness."
As well as his six siblings, lifelong friends from Mr Glover's darts team of 32 years said their farewells.
"We were so proud, it was a testament to what people thought about Nelson. We're a good, hard-working family, and all the friends we grew up with were there today," said John.
Mr Glover's sister Ruth described the funeral as "one of the saddest days of my life" but thanked her late brother for bringing the family closer together. "You only have to look around to see how many friends he had," she said. "One word that his friends keep using about him is 'gentleman'.
"We all love him beyond measure, he is our beloved brother and these past eight months we all mourned with him and suffered with him."
Thanking her siblings for the care Nelson received, she said she would cherish the memories of the dinner they shared together once every week since his diagnosis.
"Those days were the best. We laughed and laughed and ate the most wonderful food. Because of Nelson, we grew closer together," she said.
Ruth also told of how her brother had never got over the death of his mother 26 years ago, and mourned her every day.
She said: "These past months there were days when all he wanted was his mother. And now he is with her."