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Tributes to well-known Armagh businessman James Hewitt following sad passing

The funeral will take place on Saturday of one of Co Armagh’s best-known businessmen.

James (Jim) Hewitt, of Hewitt Meats, Loughgall, passed away on Monday, aged 67.

It is understood he had been ill for some time.

Mr Hewitt established the company in 1974 as a butcher’s shop located on the family farm.

He was a founding member of Loughgall Golf Club as well as a past captain, president and trustee.

Writing on Facebook, a club spokesperson said: “On behalf of the club we wish to offer our deepest sympathy to the entire family circle at this very sad time.”

City of Armagh Rugby Football Club, of which Mr Hewitt was a sponsor and member, also paid tribute.

“It is with deep sadness that City of Armagh Rugby Football Club has learned of the passing of James Hewitt today,” a Facebook post said.

“Our thoughts and profound sympathies go to Jim’s family circle at this sad time.

“Jim was a longtime supporter, sponsor and member of our club and will be sorely missed.”

He has been remembered as a “gentleman” and a “top man”.

A death notice for Mr Hewitt said he passed away “peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family”.

He was the “beloved son of the late Jim and Josie Hewitt, dearly loved fiancée of Lily, loving father of James, Kerri and Andrew and dear brother of Philip”.

The funeral will take place from his home, Lissheffield House, Loughgall, on Saturday at 1.30pm for service in Kilmore Parish Church at 2.30pm, followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

Friends are welcome at the family home on Thursday and Friday between 2pm and 9pm. The house is strictly private and closed to visitors outside of these times.

The family has asked for no flowers with donations, if desired, payable to Marie Curie.

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