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Murder victim Eddie Girvan (67) laid to rest

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 27/01/2016

Family and friends at the funeral of Eddie Girvan in Carrickfergus yesterday
Family and friends at the funeral of Eddie Girvan in Carrickfergus yesterday

A friend of a pensioner found bound and stabbed to death in his Co Antrim home has told the victim's funeral he was a "kind man" who was sometimes taken advantage of.

Eddie Girvan (67) was buried at Victoria Cemetery in Carrickfergus following a memorial service at the Mulholland Funeral Directors' chapel of rest in the town.

Mr Girvan was found dead at around 9.30pm on January 17 by police when they made a call to his Station Road home in Greenisland.

He was discovered on a chair with his hands bound behind his back.

The pensioner had been stabbed in the chest.

Police called at his home because of enquiries involving an arrested person.

A murder investigation was quickly launched by officers after the grim discovery. A 29-year-old woman appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court last week charged with his murder. She remains in custody.

More than 100 mourners attended the funeral service for the man described by a family friend "as very kind and giving".

They included Mr Girvan's ex-wife Heather and his two daughters Martina and Amanda. John Milliken, a friend of Mr Girvan for more than 30 years, gave the eulogy at the service, while prayers were led by the Rev David Cromie.

Mr Milliken told the Belfast Telegraph: "Like everyone else, I was really shocked to hear about what happened to Eddie.

"He was an absolutely brilliant man with his hands.

"He had a great mind and was interested in loads of things.

"I think he would have loved to have been a mechanic as he loved motorbikes and rode grass track in his younger days.

"There was nothing mechanical that he couldn't work with or fix.

"He was a helpful man and was drawn to people who were struggling. He was always willing to help.

"Eddie was a most kind man, and sometimes folks could take advantage of his kindness and his goodness."

Mr Milliken also told how Mr Girvan had been in a relationship for 13 years after his marriage ended, but that his partner had died around three years ago.

He added: "After his lady friend died, life was tougher for him."

Another family friend, Richard Meeke, said Mr Girvan was always affectionately known as 'Plumb' by friends, as he had been a plumber in the family building trade

"He was never called Eddie, it was always Plumb when anyone spoke to him," he added.

"Eddie was three years younger than me and we were at school together.

"I would know his brother Bob very well.

"Eddie was always a feature of Greenisland. We were both born and raised there.

"It was really tragic to hear of his death.

"He was a great and dear friend, a very kind and giving man.

"His death is a great loss to the family and to Greenisland."

According to the retired man's neighbours, Mr Girvan was also an avid collector of Rolex watches and antiques, including old guns.

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