Ea­monn Smith to be laid to rest fol­low­ing tragic wood­land ac­ci­dent

KILPED­DER MAN LOST LIFE WHILE GATHER­ING WOOD IN GLEN OF THE DOWNS

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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.

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