TRIBUTES have been paid to a businessman who helped keep hundreds of homes clean.
Lindon Oram was a familiar sight in communities across the region, including East Durham, Houghton and Penshaw, as he sold, serviced and repaired Hoover appliances.
He covered the area for the company for more than four decades, becoming known as The Hoover Man.
The 83-year-old died in his sleep last Friday in James Cook University Hospital after becoming ill with a heart problem.
His daughter Angela Ferguson, 57, said: “He was as dry as sticks and called a spade a spade, but he was also a generous man. If he saw someone struggling he would always help.
“He was down to earth and always worked hard to provide for us and was a real family man.”
Lindon served a two-year apprentice as a joiner and cabinet maker and also spent two years in the Army as part of his National Service.
He began selling Hoover appliances for the North Eastern Electricity Board in the 1950s from its shops in Seaham and Peterlee before becoming one of a handful of independent repairers, retiring at the age of 65.
His wife Ann, now 80, helped by answering the phone and booking appointments before she went to cover a night shift for Clix zip makers in Peterlee, were she worked for 15 years.
He was a son of a miner, was born in Murton and grew up in Porter Terrace, marrying Ann at Holy Trinity Church in 1954.
When Angela was four, they moved from Clarks Terrace in Seaham to Arun Close in Peterlee, later moving to Buckingham Road in the town, where they lived for 50 years.
They also had daughter Jean Nelson, 55, and son Lyndon, 54.
Lindon also leaves Angela’s husband Ian, 57, and their daughter Anneka, 25, Jean’s husband Kevin, 56, and their daughter Kate, 21, and son Richard, 24, and Lyndon’s partner Diane Bell, 53, and his children Fran, 32, Phillip, 22, and Robert, 21.
Lindon’s funeral will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Peterlee at 11am today followed by a burial at Murton Cemetery.