Funeral for tragic Portadown pensioner Victor Pickering announced
The funeral of a pensioner who was found dead at his home in Portadown will take place next week.
Victor Pickering (84) was found unconscious at his home in Levaghery Close in the town on Wednesday.
His wife Betty, who is also in her 80s, was taken to hospital for treatment.
It is believed that a friend of Mr Pickering's had phoned him a number of times on Wednesday, but when he failed to reach him, he then made his way to the house.
He is understood to have called the emergency services after peering through the letterbox and smelling gas.
A close friend of the pensioner said: "The word 'gentleman' was made for people like Victor.
"Apart from my family, I would count him among one of the main influences in my life. In fact, he was like family to me."
A funeral notice for Mr Pickering read: "Victor, dearest husband of Betty, beloved father of Paul, father-in-law of Kate and a much loved brother of Lila and brother-in-law of Randall.
"Very deeply regretted and sadly missed by the entire family circle."
A service of thanksgiving for Victor Pickering's life will be held at First Portadown Presbyterian Church at noon next Tuesday, June 18.
Mr Pickering was an honorary life member and former secretary of 1st Portadown BB Old Boys' Association.
Kenneth Twyble, a veteran UUP councillor for the area, said he had known Mr Pickering "for a lifetime" and was "heartbroken" at his death.
Belfast Telegraph Digital