Belfast Telegraph

‘Devoted’ grandad killed on walk home from Mass

A great grandfather who died after being struck by a car just yards from his front door has been described by his daughter as “a devoted family man”.

A GREAT grandfather who died after being struck by a car just yards from his front door has been described by his daughter as “a devoted family man”.

Sean Gregory (87) was walking home from Mass on Saturday evening when he was hit by a car on Finaghy Road North in Belfast. The father of six was making his daily trip home from St Michael’s Parish Church when he was knocked down in what police said was not a hit-and-run incident.

Mr Gregory was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but died a few hours later.

Susan Gregory said her entire family was shocked by the death of her father, who had been in good health.

“We just can’t believe he’s gone,” Ms Gregory told the Belfast Telegraph.

“He was very popular and well-respected in the area.”

Mr Gregory, who was born and bred in Belfast, had lived alone since his wife’s death 18 months ago.

“My mother and father were a devoted couple who went everywhere together,” Ms Gregory said.

“He did everything he could for her and he always made sure we knew he loved us.”

Councillor Monica Digney was a neighbour of Mr Gregory’s and had seen him at Mass on Saturday evening just minutes before the accident.

“That man was a true gentleman,” she said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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