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Heartbroken family of bar manager who died suddenly 'overwhelmed by tributes'

By Brett Campbell

The heartbroken family of a Co Down bar manager who died suddenly on Tuesday have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of tributes to her.

Angela McClean (38), from Lisburn, passed away from a suspected undiagnosed heart condition.

Last night her grieving parents John and Charmaine and siblings John and Fiona expressed their shock over her death.

"We are completely overwhelmed by the kind words and tributes to Angela," they said in a family statement.

"She loved and lived life to the full and we are completely heartbroken that she is gone."

John said his sister had not shown any signs of being ill prior to her death.

"It was her heart, but nothing has been confirmed - it was totally unexpected and we are just in complete shock," he said.

It could take up to three months before Angela's family know what caused her death.

Colleagues from the Plough Inn in Hillsborough, where Angela worked for over 20 years, have taken to social media to express their sadness following the loss of "a straight-talking but loyal manager, mentor and friend".

"A true friend, colleague and confidant," one wrote.

"No job was ever too demanding, every task embraced with quiet confidence and never afraid to tell us 'just how it is' rather than simply agree - this I always admired.

"Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and many good laughs."

One employee paid tribute to the "wonderful leader" who always put others first.

"A friend, a kind and beautiful person, things will be very different without you, a ray of sunshine gone from this world, too soon," they wrote.

Angela's colleague Ryan, who knew her for 18 years, said she was "just the best" and will never be forgotten.

Her workmate Jemma expressed similar sentiment to "our mother hen" who took care of all her "Plough chicks" both in and out of the workplace.

Another colleague paid tribute to the manager who was generous with her time, supportive and never too shy to give her honest opinion.

"Angela was not only a loyal colleague but trusted friend," they wrote.

"It has been an honour to work alongside her for the guts of 20 years sharing professional chat, laughs and friendship.

"She was a valued and highly respected member of our team and a real support to our family in recent months - nothing was too much to ask."

They said her "larger than life" personality and ability to make every day count will be sorely missed.

"We will miss Angela greatly and treasure the many good times we shared," they said.

"Deepest sympathies to the McClean family and all who loved Angela."

One friend, who has known Angela from childhood, said she was a joyful person.

"She was always kind and always full of fun," Shauna Allen wrote.

"Whatever she did was always to the best of her ability and always with dedication and consideration to others.

"Now, she's a legend, forever young and life just won't be so bright anymore without her - rest in peace dearest, beautiful girl."

Angela's funeral will take place in Lisburn at 11am on Tuesday followed by a private interment.

In a death notice, the family requested donations be made to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke.

They added: "Angela, you were so special, you will be in our hearts forever."

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