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Ismay family's loving tribute to 'big man with big heart' as Belfast terror victim Adrian laid to rest

By Ivan little

The family of murdered prison officer Adrian Ismay yesterday said goodbye to the "big man with a big heart".

His distraught wife Sharon wiped away tears as she gathered her three daughters - one of whom is pregnant - around her along with her grandchildren, before mourners carried her husband's coffin away from Woodvale Methodist Church in Belfast. On top of the coffin sat a poignant reminder of the man known to friends as 'Izzy' - a Prison Service cap, gloves and medals.

The English-born 52-year-old father-of-three died 11 days after being injured in a dissident republican bomb attack earlier this month.

His brother-in-law and close friend Ron Abrahams told mourners: "He was a big man with a big heart."

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