The funeral takes place on Wednesday of a Newtownabbey man who passed away after an 11-month battle with head injuries sustained in a workplace fall.
Allen Greer (47) passed away at Musgrave Park Hospital last Thursday following a lengthy period in intensive care.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, his family shared their heartbreak over being unable to visit Allen in hospital during lockdown for many months. They were able to visit him again over the summer after the restrictions were relaxed.
His wife Jolene (41) said she was holding his hand as Allen slipped away last week.
"He'll be remembered by me and by the kids for the family man that he was and he will walk beside us every day. It's a big loss to us and we will never get over it," Jolene said.
The self-employed tradesman was carrying out a roof job on a house in Randalstown in October last year when he was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast after falling 13 feet off a ladder. He remained in a coma for more than three weeks, but was recovering slowly when the Covid-19 lockdown began.
Jolene and her children Alanna (17) and twins Jay and Amy-Nicole (12) were only able to see Allen by video call in the early days of the pandemic.
She says that in July he had improved enough to be moved to Musgrave Park Hospital to start his rehabilitation from his brain injuries and she was able to visit him wearing personal protection equipment (PPE).
"We thought our lottery ticket had come. The kids and I were crying happy tears because Musgrave was the golden ticket - this was him getting better and getting him home to us," she says.
Jolene spoke of the day shortly after Allen had moved into Musgrave when she told him she loved him.
"It was muffled, but he said 'I love you too'. It was the first time I'd heard his voice since the accident in October," she said.
However, several days later Allen suffered a chest infection and Jolene was warned that the injuries to his brain were such that it could no longer control his respiratory tract and he would be on oxygen for the rest of his life. He passed away last Thursday.
Jolene paid tribute to the staff at Musgrave Park Hospital and the care they gave.
He passed away with me at his side holding his hand. It was very peaceful and there was no drama. I'm so happy I got that time with him. The kids are broken-hearted but they have stepped up and looked after meJolene Greer
"He got to see his children so that's what I am glad of," she added. "They were excellent with myself and Allen and the kids - they couldn't have done enough for us. I can't thank them enough - they were exceptional.
"He passed away with me at his side holding his hand. It was very peaceful and there was no drama. I'm so happy I got that time with him. The kids are broken-hearted but they have stepped up and looked after me."
Jolene described Allen as a family man.
"He was quiet but he loved to laugh. He was a joker - he would have been the one that hid behind the kitchen wall and jumped out at you," she added.
"I've been with him for the whole journey and I'll remember him for his big smile and his big bright blue eyes and keeping us going.
"My daddy died 10 years ago and my brother died nine years ago and he was there for me and my mummy. He was my mum's best friend."
Allen is survived by his wife Jolene, children Alanna, Jay and Amy-Nicole, and brothers Trevor, Victor, Gary and Harry.
A private family funeral will take place at Stephen McCosh Funeral Directors on Belfast's Shankill Road at 2.45pm followed by cremation at Roselawn.