POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road accident in Portadown that claimed the life of a local pensioner.
Sam Sloan (75) died at the scene when his motorised bicycle was involved in the collision at Mahon Road on Thursday of last week – it happened at around 1.40pm.
Police say that a red Vauxhall Corsa and a Land Rover Discovery were involved in the accident, and that Mr Sloan, whose home was at Abercorn Park, passed away at the scene. He sustained serious internal injuries.
Mahon Road was closed for the rest of the day as police studied the scene and traffic was diverted via the Artabrackagh and Armagh Roads. The road was re-opened at around 9pm.
Police want anyone who witnessed the accident to get in touch with them at Portadown on 0845 600 8000.
This was the second serious accident in which Mr Sloan was injured. He was badly hurt as he left his work at King Packaging at Gilford Road 11 years ago – so much so that it ended his working career. His family says he never fully recovered.
Sam Sloan was born in Ballyward, County Down, and the family moved to Portadown during his childhood. After his schooldays, most of his working career was in various foundries – at Portadown, Laurelvale and Belfast, before he joined King Packaging.
He married his wife Eleanor in 1960, and after living for a short time at Corcrain and Charles Street they moved to Abercorn Park where they spent most of their married life.
Mrs Sloan died seven years ago, which hit her husband particularly hard. They have a son, Darryl, a technician at Clounagh Junior High School.
Mr Sloan is also survived by sisters Kathleen (Waringstown) and Iris (Canada). He was predeceased by another sister Vera.
He was a talented musician – he and his wife played in a country band called ‘The Sovereigns’, with Sam on guitar and Eleanor on drums and vocals. He also enjoyed cycling and motorcyling, the family had a caravan at Ballymartin, Kilkeel, and he kept a motorboat on the Bann in his younger days.
A quiet, popular man, Sam Sloan had a wide circle of friends, and many of them attended his funeral on Sunday afternoon.
The service at Poots Funeral Parlour in Bridge Street was conducted by the Rev Norman Cardwell, minister of Thomas Street Methodist Church. Burial was at Seagoe Cemetery.