Com­mu­nity mourns as Ea­monn is laid to rest

WOOD-CUT­TING AC­CI­DENT CLAIMS KILPED­DER MAN’S LIFE

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THE LATE Ea­monn Smith (47) was laid to rest in a Del­gany church­yard, in the sun­light, last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Less than a week af­ter his death in a tragic wood-cut­ting ac­ci­dent, Ea­monn's fam­ily and friends said a last good­bye to the Kilped­der man.

He is sur­vived by his wife Cyndi, chil­dren Shane and Ash­ling, par­ents Thomas and Mar­garet, brothers Tommy and Barry, and sis­ters Su­san and San­dra.

It was a bright St. Pa­trick's Day morn­ing when a fallen ash rolled onto Ea­monn at Drum­min, Glen of the Downs. His seven-year-old son Shane was with him called for help, but de­spite ef­forts by nearby work­men, then fire fight­ers, and paramedics, Ea­monn died at the scene.

Cyndi, who has de­scribed her hus­band as ‘straight­for­ward, sin­cere and hard work­ing,' spoke to a huge crowd of mourn­ers gath­ered at his fu­neral at Christ Church last week.

‘Ea­monn and I have been through a few tough times but in cri­sis there was no bet­ter man,' she re­called. ‘He was a rock of sup­port I could al­ways rely on.'

The cou­ple met when Cyndi was on hol­i­days in Ire­land in the 90s and have been to­gether ever since. ‘He loved his kids and more than any­thing he wants them to know how much he

loves them, she added. A fam­ily friend, Stephen Mulc­ahy, said that Ea­monn had ‘ the strength of three men,' which he would use ‘ to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble.'

Stephen also praised the brav­ery of Ea­monn's son Shane, who raised the alarm. ‘You are as fear­less as your fa­ther. Ea­monn would have been so proud of you, as we all were.'

The late Ea­monn Smith (in­set) who was laid to rest in a Del­gany church­yard on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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