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Funeral to take place of father-of-three killed in Co Fermanagh road crash

Wilson Atchison died in a two vehicle collision in Co Fermanagh last Friday

THE funeral is due to take place today of a Co Antrim father-of-three described as "one of life's true gentlemen" following his death in a road crash.

Family and friends of Wilson Atchison (42) from Bushmills will gather to say their final farewells after he lost his life in a two-vehicle collision in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh.

The crash happened on Friday on the Belfast Road at around 8.35am.

Mr Atchison, who was married with three daughters, has been described as well-known and someone who was "always smiling".

In a statement, his employers Stephen Moore Farm Machinery said: "We are deeply sorry to have to announce the funeral arrangements for our close friend and sales manager, Wilson Atchison.

"Sincere thanks for all the phone calls and messages of support to date.

"He will be very much missed."

Other tributes have described Mr Atchison as "true gentleman".

One former colleague wrote: "So tragic, such a sad loss of a genuinely good bloke who I had the privilege to work with.

"I know he will be sadly missed by his family, work colleagues and friends."

Another said: "Absolute gentleman, deepest sympathy to all his family and work colleagues", while a former school friend wrote: "So very sorry to hear about Wilson, went to school together and have nothing but fun memories of him".

He was also an active member of Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church, where his funeral is due to take place at 2.30pm today. He will be interred afterwards at Ballywillan Cemetery.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash or anyone who was travelling on the Belfast Road at around the time of the crash to contact them.

Meanwhile, a cyclist remained in a critical condition in hospital last night after being struck by a car in Co Antrim.

The collision happened on the main Antrim to Ballymena A26 Lisnevenagh Road on Sunday morning.

The man, who is understood to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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