Fond memories of former Coalisland man and wedding photographer Paddy Campbell

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The death of former wedding photographer Paddy Campbell caused much mourning last week, the former Coalisland gentleman passing away on Tuesday at Craigavon Hospital.

Paddy, who occasionally provided photos for local papers, was for half a century loving husband of Betty (nee Abernethy), the couple being parents of Niall and the late Keith.

Residents of Dunlea Vale, Paddy’s working life began in Glass Fabrics where he learned first aid skills and in Powerscreen and Moy Park.

But, all the while, he had a passion for photography and it was inevitable his hobby would eventually develop into his career and he set up a darkroom at his home, his skills in great demand for weddings, baptisms, holy communions, confirmations, birthdays, anniversaries and all important family occasions.

He was not averse to taking on the challenge of covering sports events, which was hardly a surprise as he was a passionate participant in cycling, having taken part in the Men of the Ras event way back in 1958 and loved watching coverage of the Tur de France.

Table-tennis was arguably the sport with which he was mostly identified, while he was also very fond of horse-riding and rugby.

The word ‘gentleman’ in the first paragraph was deliberately chosen. He was just that as exemplified by his garb and demeanour, not to mention his courteous friendly demeanour and generosity of spirit.

My sympathy goes to Betty, Niall, daughter-in-law, Pauline, grandchildren Dorian and Emily, and grieving families and friends.