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Northern Ireland rail tragedy victim Ian Pedlow was 'a gentleman who will be dearly missed by friends'

By Claire McNeilly

A "popular" and "well-liked" man who tragically died on a Co Antrim railway line has been described by friends as "a gentleman" who will be dearly missed.

Ian Pedlow was killed between Cullybackey and Ballymena on Sunday - on what is understood to have been the fourth anniversary of his much-loved wife's death.

The 64-year-old widower - who would have celebrated his 65th birthday in May - lost his life following an incident during the 9.33am train service from Londonderry to Belfast.

Paul Logan, owner of Logan's Removals in Ahoghill, who was a close friend of Mr Pedlow, said that the two of them had travelled to Dublin together the day before he passed away.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Logan said that Mr Pedlow, who had worked on the railway lines for 35 years prior to his death, was in good spirits during their trip.

"He was a very, very good friend of mine for 12 years and a gentleman," said Mr Logan. "I have a removal business and on Saturday I was doing a job and Ian came with me to Dublin.

"We stopped and had breakfast on the way down and then when we came back that afternoon we had a cup of tea together.

"Everything was normal, there was nothing different about him. He was chatting away on the journey, he was just himself.

"We met through Lambeg drumming and he had a lot of friends in that circle."

Mr Logan added: "I was very fond of him and I will miss him."

Mr Pedlow, a Ballymena native who had previously studied at the technical college in the town, lost his beloved Scottish wife Jean in 2013.

In a post on his Facebook page, dating back to February 19, 2015, he had written: "Spending today at the garden of remembrance in Scotland where I spread my young wife's ashes two years ago. God bless xx."

Alongside these poignant words is a photograph of a plaque which reads: "Jean Pedlow (nee Robertson) passed away 19-02-13. Always remembered by her loving husband Ian. Gone but never forgotten."

A PSNI spokesman yesterday said that an investigation into the sudden death of Mr Pedlow was still ongoing.

Operator Translink declined to comment.

Alderman Stewart McDonald said he had been speaking to Mr Pedlow while out canvassing with his party colleague and TUV leader Jim Allister last Thursday night - three days before his death.

The Ahoghill councillor said the victim was a regular visitor to the small rural village, where he had many friends.

"He was very well-known and I used to see him about the town a lot," said Mr McDonald.

"When we saw him the other night he seemed to be in good spirits. This is an absolute tragedy and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

"It is very, very sad when something like this happens, particularly when it's so close to home. The local community is still reeling from shock. It's hard to believe this has happened."

UUP councillor Colin McCusker, who knew Mr Pedlow through Lambeg drumming circles, said: "He always said hello and had a smile on his face. This is tragic news."

Mr Pedlow is survived by his brother. No details of the funeral have been released.

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