Businessman who founded town store 56 years ago

Mr Ivan Jameson. INPT42-021
Mr Ivan Jameson. INPT42-021

Portadown businessman Ivan Jameson, who has passed away aged 85, was the founder of the High Street store that bears his name.

Ivan was born in July 1930. He grew up as the youngest of three children on the family farm at Killylevin, Dungannon and started work with Joseph Alexander, draper, in Market Square, Dungannon on New Year’s Day 1945.

Ten years later, at the age of just 25, he opened his own shop in Clogher. And in May 1959 he saw an opportunity in the ‘hub of the north’ and moved to 42 High Street, Portadown.

An ambitious and tireless worker, he expanded the business through the next four decades and developed the menswear, ladies wear, children’s wear and nursery departments into the store that continues today.

A committed member of First Presbyterian Church at Edenderry, he was ordained as an elder in 1971 and was active in the life and work of that congregation for some 40 years.

Ivan had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed working in the garden at his family home at Upper Church Lane. He was creative and practical, had a keen eye for detail and demonstrated great skill in everything he undertook.

He achieved an admirable balance of work and leisure, fully committed to his business and also enjoying happy times at home with his family and grandsons Jonathan, Matthew and Andrew, to whom he was devoted.

Family and friends gathered at Edenderry Presbyterian Church for a service of thanksgiving on Monday October 5. The Rev Colin Harris led the service and Dr Martyn Cowan brought a tribute to Ivan and opened the Scriptures. Jonathan Winter read from 1st Corinthians 15: 50 to 58.

Ivan is survived by his wife Eileen, whom he married in 1961, his daughter Joanne and his son Nigel, who continues in the family business.

Burial was at Seagoe Cemetery.