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Mourners say farewell to ex-shipyard worker Geordie Walker

George Walker
George Walker
Mourners follow the coffin of George Walker yesterday

By David Young

Dozens of mourners attended yesterday's funeral service for east Belfast man Geordie Walker, who passed away in the Royal Victoria Hospital last week after being found close to death in his flat.

Mr Walker, (91) had been a crane operator at Harland & Wolff shipyard.

A search had been launched for relatives, but it's believed none have been found.

His funeral was held in Brown's Funeral Parlour on the Newtownards Road, and the service was conducted by local Church of Ireland clergyman the Rev John Cunningham.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Rev Cunningham described Mr Walker as an intensely private man, who kept himself to himself.

"He was a kindly, pleasant man, who was born and died within 200 yards of his home close to Templemore Avenue baths," the rector said.

"Many people knew and many cared about him: there were a lot of people in the area who were showing him love and caring for him, doing things like visiting him and making his dinner."

Mr Walker's remains were later interred in the family plot at Dundonald Cemetery.

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