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Tributes paid to Joe Deighan who was found dead in north Belfast home

A friend said Joe Deighan, a keen angler, `was a wee gent and a smile for everyone'

TRIBUTES have been paid to "true gentleman" from north Belfast, who died suddenly at his home.

Joe Deighan will be laid to rest today at Milltown Cemetery after 10am Requiem Mass in St Therese of Lisieux Church on Somerton Road.

The popular plumber, who was in his forties, was a former pupil at Christian Brothers School on Hightown Road in Newtownabbey.

It is understood he was discovered dead at his Sunningdale Drive home by a family member.

A crime is not suspected.

His mother Margaret Deighan wrote in a poignant tribute that he "had a nature you could not help loving and a heart as pure as gold".

A devastated family member posted on social media site Facebook "Can't even believe I'm writing this I love u so much... far to soon to be took off this earth. I love you so much really can't my head round this".

Another said: "No words to describe how we are all feeling. Love you forever joe. Rest in peace."

A friend on the site said the keen angler "was a wee gent and a smile for everyone", while another observed he was "one of life's gentlemen".

Friends said Mr Deighan volunteered to help support the homeless in his spare time.

Joe Deighan was discovered dead at his Sunningdale Drive home by a family member

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