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Funeral held for 'doting dad' Deane Burrell following Christmas day passing

Deane Burrell
Deane Burrell

The funeral has been held for "doting dad" Deane Burrell who died suddenly on Christmas Day.

Hundreds of mourners turned out at Knocknamuckley Parish Church in Portadown to remember the 37-year-old who died at Craigavon Area Hospital on Tuesday.

Formerly of Valley Lane in Waringstown, Deane is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Sophie (5) and Anna (11 months), and his mother, Noreen.

Mr Burrell, who worked as a civil servant, was well known in Waringstown footballing circles as an avid supporter of Glenavon Football Club and the Northern Ireland international team.

Wife Debbie led tributes to her husband, describing him as “a good husband, son and a doting daddy”.

She added: “He had Glenavon and football on the brain. He followed Glenavon all around the country.”

Also paying tribute to Deane, Victoria Glenavon Supporters Club posted on Facebook: “Deane was a familiar face at Mourneview and other Irish league grounds and was a popular member of the Glenavon FC support who never criticised the players or the manager, but always gave his wholehearted support to the team on and off the field.”

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