Eamonn Smith to be laid to rest following tragic woodland accident
KILPEDDER MAN LOST LIFE WHILE GATHERING WOOD IN GLEN OF THE DOWNS
KILPEDDER MAN Eamonn Smith (47) will be buried today, almost a week from when he was tragically killed when a tree fell on him as he was cutting wood.
Eamonn's seven-year-old son Shane raised the alarm last Thursday morning, running and screaming out 'my daddy is dead,' to workmen near the scene at Drummin, Glen of the Downs.
The large ash tree had fallen down in high winds prior to the tragedy and Eamonn was harvesting the timber.
He was working on a very steep incline. When the tension in the root section was released, it slipped down on top of him.
Moments before the dreadful accident, Eamonn had phoned his wife Cyndi to come and collect their son. When she arrived, frantic builders were trying in vain to move the tree off her stricken husband.
Members of Greystones Fire Brigade fought to rescue the local man. They cut off a section of the tree and lifted it using a winch. However Eamonn was pronounced dead at the scene around midday. His remains were removed to Loughlinstown Hospital.
A heart-shaped rock was left at the tragic scene over the weekend, a poignant nod to the stone design work that Eamonn carried out so beautifully and with such marked professionalism over the last two decades of his life.
'Eamonn was an incredibly charismatic person, with so many different qualities,' said his wife Cyndi. ' He was straightforward, sincere, and hard working and he always said exactly what he meant,' she said.
He was 'so strong in so many ways,' she added. 'He provided for his family, and so many other people relied on him - friends, family and extended family.'
A native of Carrickmines who has lived in the Garden Village estate in Kilpedder
for six years, Eamonn was well known as a man who would never hesitate to lend a hand to anyone who needed his help. He was involved in his community and helped to keep the area neat and tidy.
'He was strong willed and determined, yet extremely compassionate,' said his heartbroken wife. 'He was incredibly loyal to anyone who knew him, and so loving.'
There was a certain warmth about Eamonn, and people were drawn to him. He was a multi-faceted person who knew people from all walks of life. He did the best he could for his family and friends and his absence will leave an eternal empty space in the Smith household.
Eamonn is survived by his wife Cyndi, children Shane and Ashling, parents Thomas and Margaret, brothers Tommy and Barry, sisters Susan and Sandra, and his extended family and friends.
His funeral will take place today ( Wednesday) at 12 midday in Christ Church, Delgany, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.
Flowers are welcome or donations, if desired, to The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.
The heart-shaped stone which was left where Eamonn Smith lost his life in a tragic accident the Glen of the Downs last week.