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Founder of popular Christmas tractor Run in Armagh Wesley Livingstone passes away

Wesley Livingstone with his sons presenting a cheque in 2017
Wesley Livingstone with his sons presenting a cheque in 2017

The founder of the popular Christmas Tractor Run in Armagh, Wesley Livingstone, has passed away peacefully at his home.

Mr Livingstone, along with his sons David, Stanley, Randal, Cedric and Clarence, set up the annual Livingstone Tractor Run – which runs on the last Saturday of the year – seven years ago following the death of his wife Marina to cancer.

And since then, the annual event, which now incorporates Ben Sergeant Tractors, has raised a staggering £300,000 for both the Southern Area Hospice and NI Children’s Hospice.

Just last month, the Livingstone family handed over £54,000 to the two local cancer charities following their latest efforts back in December.

Mr Livingstone himself was a well-known businessman, helping to establish the family contracting firm with his sons in 1981.

He was very much part of the business well into his 80s, having passed away at aged 92 on Monday, March 18.

A funeral notice for Mr Livingstone read: “Wesley Alexander, beloved husband of the late Marina and dear father of David, Stanley, Randal, Cedric and Clarence.

“Dearly loved and fondly remembered by his sorrowing sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all the family circle.”

Mr Livingstone’s funeral will take place from his late residence on Thursday at 12.30pm (service in the home at 12.15pm), to St. John’s Parish Church, Caledon, for service at 1.30pm, followed by interment in Killylea Methodist Churchyard.

Family flowers only please. Donations, if so desired, are for Killylea and Killymaddy Methodist Churches, (with cheques made payable to either church) c/o Trevor McCoy, Funeral Undertaker, 77 Main Street, Killylea, Armagh, Co. Armagh BT60 4LS.

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