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Tributes to Armagh crash victim Jim Wilsom, a 'true gentleman'

By Joanne Fleming

Published 04/07/2016

Well known: Jim Wilson
Well known: Jim Wilson
Pic of Jim Wilson (extreme right in tie) with the Richhill FC football published by the club in tribute to Mr Wilson on its Facebook page.
A man has died following a road crash in Richhill, Co Armagh

Tributes have been paid to a "true gentleman" and well-known football fan who has died following a car crash in Co Armagh.

Named locally as Jim Wilson of Dobbin Road in the Broomhill area near Portadown, he was killed in the collision at the Stonebridge roundabout in the village of Richhill on Friday afternoon.

No other vehicles were involved and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

It is understood a post-mortem is to be carried out to determine if Mr Wilson was unwell at the time of the crash.

Married with children, and believed to have been aged in his 60s, he was well known in the local community, and was the former manager of Richhill Football Club. He had formerly worked as a school caretaker in Armagh.

The Richhill AFC Facebook page posted: "On behalf of Richhill AFC we would like to pass on our sincere condolences to former Broomhill FC players Simon, Mark, Matthew, Aaron and the entire Wilson family on the passing of former Richhill FC Manager Jim".

Many tributes were also paid on the page. Jackie McCoo wrote: "Thoughts are with the Wilson family. Jim and me worked very well together forming present day RFC and those days we always had good craic. Sadly missed".

Mark Robinson wrote: "Very sad news. An absolute gentleman. My condolences go out to Jim's family".

John Alex McNally wrote: "Sad news - a true gentleman and much respected family. RIP Jim".

Jim Speers, a UUP councillor for the Richhill area, knew Mr Wilson for many years, and spoke of his shock at the news. "Jim was well known in the community," he said.

"He was a very civil person, a jovial character. He was very active in the past with the football club. I do know that he was respected and that people in the community are stunned by such a tragedy."

DUP Assembly member William Irwin passed his condolences to the family, adding: "Certainly it is a shock to the community and to the family."

The crash involving Mr Wilson's black Vauxhall Astra took place on the Portadown Road in Richhill at around 3.45pm on Friday. Police have asked that anyone with information contact the collision investigation unit at Sprucefield on 101.

Mr Wilson is survived by his wife Anne and children.

One of his sons is understood to currently be abroad on honeymoon.

His funeral service will be held in St Aidan's Parish Church, Kilmore, on Thursday at 2pm, followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

Family flowers only have been requested, and donations in lieu if desired should be given to the Southern Trust Craigavon Heart Failure Specialist Services.

Mr Wilson's death brings to 28 the number of people who have died on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year. This time last year the figure for fatalities in the province stood at 36.

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