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Portadown Methodist preacher David Hull (89) dies after car crash

The junction at the B107 Tempo to Clabby Road looking towards the turn onto Drumcor Road where the accident took place Picture: Ronan McGrade/Fermanagh Herald

An 89-year-old man who died on Monday following a single vehicle crash in Fermanagh has been named as Portadown Methodist preacher David Hull.

Mr Hull was a passenger in a Vauxhall Car, driven by his wife Ethel, which was involved in a collision on the Drumcor Road, Clabby on Sunday,shortly before 7.15am. He and his wife were taken to hospital for treatment, but both were later discharged. Mr Hull died the following day.

Mr Hull was a member of Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church and served the Methodist Home Mission for 13 years during the 1950s and 1960s distributing Christian literature, touring all over Ireland, mainly on a motorcycle. The 89-year-old had also been a Methodist local preacher in Portadown and other circuits. He and his wife Ethel also set up a number of Christian Bookshops, including Portadown, Banbridge, Kilkeel and Rathfriland.

Mr Hull was recognised for his work for Methodism in 2008 when he was the recipient of 'Maundy Money' from Queen Elizabeth at a special service at St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

Reverend Iain Ferguson of Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church paid tribute to Mr Hull.

"He was a Christian gentleman, a very Christian man who served the church and his Lord for many years, well into retirement."

Mr Hull is survived by wife Ethel, sons Jonathan and Stephen and grandchildren Amy, Christopher, Laura, Jacob and Ella. His funeral service will be held in Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church, Portadown on Thursday at 2pm.

Police are appealing to anyone who was travelling on the Drumcor Road, Clabby around the time of the collision to contact them.

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