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Portadown firm pay tribute to fitter who passed away suddenly at 42

"Mikey was a keen fisherman and liked nothing more than setting up camp at the edge of the water searching for 'that big pike' or trout."

Michael Uprichard

A Lurgan man who passed away last week at the age of 42 will be “sorely missed”, his former employer has said.

Turkington Windows & Conservatories, who are based in Portadown, described their fitter Michael Uprichard, or Mikey as he was known, as a “great success” with a “fantastic work ethic”.

A death notice says that Michael, of Lime Grove, was the devoted and much loved father of Amy and Brody, cherished son of Gwen and Kenneth and dearly loved brother of Christian, Simon, Lee, Gareth, Andrew and Emma.

In a post on social media this afternoon (Wednesday), which described the news as “very sad and shocking”, Turkington paid tribute to their former employee, who had two young children.

The post said: “Mikey was only 42 and had two young children. He would always talk about them and was often at their activities. Mikey regularly watched his son play for Lurgan Town under nines.

“Mikey was a keen fisherman and liked nothing more than setting up camp at the edge of the water searching for ‘that big pike’ or trout.”

The post continued: “Since Mikey started with us, he has been a great success and prided himself in completing jobs for customers. He had a fantastic work ethic often doing the work of two men.

“Mikey received glowing feedback and praise from customers when they filled in our customer care surveys, commenting on his good manners, his care around their home and his skill in fitting.”

It added: “He will be sorely missed around the yard by his fellow fitters, aftercare team, store team and office staff. He was always ready for some craic and banter or dishing out sweets, with rhubarb & custard being one of his favourites.

“The entire team at Turkington’s extend our deepest sympathy to Mikey’s children, his mum and dad, sister and brothers.”

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart commented: “Such sad news for the Uprichard family, particularly the kids who have a long difficult road ahead.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Also to his friends and colleagues who are undoubtedly in shock at his sudden passing.”

Donations if desired may be made for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice c/o Malcomsons Funeral Service, 7 Robert Street, Lurgan, BT66 8BE.

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