Tributes have poured in for Tom Clarke, a well-known pedigree cattle breeder who passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital on Thursday (October 11th).
Tom, Springfield, Lurgan owned Automart Livestock and Property Sales, Portadown - a venue where several pedigree breed societies staged their annual sales until the site was sold for development.
Tom was also involved in breeding pedigree cattle for decades and the tradition continues to live on as his daughter Libby and her two daughters run a pedigree Charolais and Beef Shorthorn herd.
Libby who lives in Magheralin, Co. Down is also a livestock judge; an estate agent and she contributed to the development of That's Farming's Beef Update series.
“I grew up with farming and I was always to be found on the heels of my Dad as soon as I could keep up with him.” Libby Clarke told That's Farming in a recent interview.
Paying tribute to her father on Facebook, Libby Clarke said:
"It feels like the end of an era at Springfield, My lovely daddy is gone and I am heartbroken. He was everything to me, and tonight I feel lost."
"I have a lifetime of memories to carry me through, and my girls have been so lucky to have had him in their lives every single day."
She thanked all friends and family who have supported the family along with the medical team in the cardiac ward at Craigavon Area Hospital; the Minister at First Lurgan Presbyterian Church High Street and Lalcomsons Funeral Services.
Tom is husband of Myrtle; father of Jackie; Jenny; Libby and the later Thomas Mitchell; father-in-law of David and Bob; loving Papa of Helen; Johnny; Lucy and Kate and granddaughter-in-law Christine.
Image source: Libby Clarke - Facebook.