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Tributes are paid to well-known Richhill businessman who died while on holiday


Albert Tedford, who was director of Fairline

Albert Tedford, who was director of Fairline

Albert Tedford, who was director of Fairline

The funeral of a prominent Northern Ireland businessman who died suddenly while on holiday in France will take place tomorrow.

Albert Steven Tedford, who was director at Richhill-based Fairline Kitchens and Bedrooms since 1991, passed away suddenly last Monday, July 22.

The well-known company has been in operation for over half a century in the Armagh area and Mr Tedford was well respected in the business community across Co Armagh.

A funeral notice said Mr Tedford, from Derrylettiff Road in Portadown, "was the devoted husband of Norma, dearest father of Margaret and Rebecca, and father-in-law of Andrew and Will".

It asked that family flowers and donations in lieu of flowers go to the British Heart Foundation. The notice said Mr Tedford's death was "very deeply regretted" and he will be "sadly missed by the entire family circle".

A funeral service for Mr Tedford will be held tomorrow at 2pm in St. Columba's Parish Church with committal following in Seagoe Cemetery.

A notice on the Fairline Kitchens and Bedrooms company website said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Albert Tedford, our managing director."

Among the groups paying tribute to Mr Tedford was Portadown Football Club.

"Everyone at Portadown FC are saddened to hear of the sudden death of supporter Albert Tedford. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time," the club posted on Twitter.

The Fairline name has been manufacturing furniture in Richhill since 1896.

The company was part of a management buyout in 1989 and have continued with the production of kitchens, bedrooms and office furniture.

The company has been manufacturing bespoke kitchens at their Richhill factory for over 50 years, supplying and fitting all over Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph