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Tributes to Lurgan pizza shop owner Amin – the absolute ‘gentleman’ of Lurgan

Paolo Amin Mohammad

An absolute gentleman. A truly fitting tribute to a Lurgan takeaway owner who almost coined the phrase gentleman in the town.

Amin Mohammad, who owned Paolo’s Pizza on the High Street, passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital earlier this morning (Wednesday).

He is survived by his wife Naureen and children Nadim, Stefan, Shantelle, Dean and Amin.

For takeaway lovers in the town, Paolo’s was hard to pass, not only because of the pizza, but for the smile which would have greeted you as you walked through the door.

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart paid particular tribute to a “good friend”.

“A Lurgan legend is how I have heard him described and that just sums him up,” said the DUP representative.

“A gentleman who genuinely made the best pizza and chips around. At election time he fed my troops often and was such a support to me and the office team.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Naureen and Paolo’s entire family circle. Such a loss to our community. A much loved man.”

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly, offering her condolences, said Amin was “such a gentleman” who “will be sadly missed”.

Many others took to social media to pay their own tributes.

One woman commented: “He was such a gentleman who never forgot who you were; [he] was such a great man.”

Another said: “So sorry to hear this sad news, such a kind and friendly man, will miss your smile and happy face.”

One man added: “Rest easy Paolo..you were an absolute “gentleman”, and how we ALL loved and smiled when you quoted that word. You brought a smile to many people in Lurgan! We won’t forget you buddy!”

One woman posted: “So sorry to hear this such a friendly man whenever we went into his shop he always greeted us with a smile he will be sadly missed by everyone.”

House and Funeral strictly private due to the current government restrictions.

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