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Funeral of Victor Pickering, found dead in Portadown home, to take place on Tuesday

Victor Pickering died on Wednesday at Levaghery Close in Portadown

THE funeral of an 84-year-old Boys Brigade leader found dead at his home in Co Armagh after apparently becoming overwhelmed by fumes will take place on Tuesday.

Despite the efforts of two rapid response paramedics, two ambulance crews, a Hazardous Area Response Team officer (HART) and charity air ambulance with a helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) crew, Victor Pickering died on Wednesday at Levaghery Close in Portadown.

HART is called in when there is a suspicion of dangerous chemical or a gas leak at a scene.

His wife Betty remained in Craigavon Hospital for treatment.

The service of thanksgiving for his life will be held in First Portadown Presbyterian Church at noon.

He is survived by his wife and son Paul.

Police said they are investigating the circumstances of the death of the "highly esteemed past secretary and honorary life member" of 1st Portadown BB Old Boys' Association.

An ambulance was called to the house at around 4.53pm after reports a man had been found unconscious.

Mrs Pickering was found at the home and, after being assessed as needing medical treatment, was taken to hospital

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said detectives "do not believe anyone else was involved in this incident".

The family have asked for family flowers only at the service.

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