Deceased pensioner who lay undiscovered in his home for months is remembered as a 'quiet gentleman'

Deceased pensioner who lay undiscovered in his home for months is remembered as a 'quiet gentleman'
Body of elderly man found dead at his home, in Maddens Buildings, Blackpool, Cork.Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A PENSIONER who was found dead in his home seven months after he passed away has been remembered as a “quiet gentleman.” 

Ritchie Scanlan, aged 85, is believed to have been died up to seven months ago but his body was only discovered in his home in Blackpool in recent days.

Gardaí were called by a neighbour to Madden’s Buildings, Blackpool, around midday on Friday where they found the body of the pensioner.

Madden’s Buildings is known as a close-knit community. A neighbour on the street said Mr Scanlan was a quiet gentleman who "kept himself to himself".

“He always got the bus into town, the 203, and came back around 5pm. He used to walk with a newspaper under his arm, you would always see him coming.” 

Mr Scanlan, who is from Blackpool, is thought to have been living on the street for over 20 years.

Another neighbour said Ritchie had four brothers and sisters, Joe, Tony and Lily, who have all passed away and his sister Joan, who is currently unwell.

“He was a good man. He was very regular. Loved his routine, you could set your watch by him.” 

Mr Scanlan will be lying in repose tomorrow evening at O’Connor's Funeral Home on Coburg Street.

His Requiem Mass is being held at 11am on Wednesday and he is being laid to rest afterwards at St. Finbarr’s Cemetery.

Meanwhile, the death of Mr Scanlan has prompted organisations to reach out to those living lonely or isolated lives. 

Cork-based Friendly Call has urged anyone isolated or lonely to sign up to their free service.

The daily call service checks in on people over the phone. 

It also has a system in place to check up on someone who does not answer the daily call.

Friendly Call coordinator Brenda Barry said the case of Mr Scanlan was “extremely tragic.” 

She encouraged anyone who felt isolated or alone to contact them.

“Our service is available, it is free, it is city-wide and we will check in on you every day. It can a while to admit that you are lonely, to admit that you need help.

“I think men find it harder to admit they are lonely and need help, but it is getting better. More males are signing up.” 

:: Friendly Call can be contacted on 021 430 1700.

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