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Popular east Belfast man loses cancer battle

By Allan Preston

Tributes have flooded in for a popular east Belfast man who had "a smile for all" after he died following a battle with lung cancer.

Nelson Glover was 57 when he died on June 29 after being diagnosed last September.

Mr Glover's death has prompted an outpouring of poignant tributes including a moving message from his brother John.

He wrote: "What a man. The most intelligent person I ever met, by a mile. My teacher of everything. You guided me, kept me right, you also taught my children and grandson. A true gentleman." Ahead of his funeral today, his family remembered him as a "great, kind man" who was loved by all - a claim backed by more than 30 touching family notices for him published in this newspaper on Monday.

Mr Nelson's other brother Billy added: "No farewells were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew and only God knows why."

His sister Gina said: "You fell asleep with no goodbyes but memories of you will never die."

Mr Glover grew up on Yukon Street along with four sisters and two brothers, working as a glazier in Bangor during his career.

Yesterday his brother John told the Belfast Telegraph the close bond the siblings shared had only increased since learning of Nelson's illness.

He added that he would also hold dear the memory of a trip to England the brothers shared in 1985 to see the 'Clones Cyclone' Barry McGuigan claim a world boxing title.

"He was one of the most popular people I know, a great and kind man," he said.

"He loved and adored his family.

"When he was diagnosed with lung cancer last September, he was told he would have between four and eight months but he lasted a bit longer."

John said his brother had bravely accepted his condition could not be cured, but was determined to enjoy as much time with his family as possible.

"One of my sisters asked him to come and live with her so she could look after him, but he knew what was ahead and didn't want to put that burden on her," he said.

"The family are all so massively proud of who he was and what he did. He was an unbelievable character."

Following his diagnosis, Nelson's sister Jennifer resolved to hold a dinner for all seven siblings every Thursday.

"We did that every single week and he loved it, the craic was good and it meant we were having special moments with him that were personal to us," said John.

"For that short period every week, everyone had a smile on their face."

John said his brother also regularly paid to bring his siblings out for lunch.

"He was so thoughtful - he said to me, 'What am I going to do with this money, somebody may as well have it'. That was just typical of him.

"He was just an unbelievable man and a great human being."

His funeral takes place at 1pm today at the James Brown and Sons Funeral Home on the Newtownards Road before proceeding to Roselawn Cemetery.

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