Community mourns as Eamonn is laid to rest
WOOD-CUTTING ACCIDENT CLAIMS KILPEDDER MAN’S LIFE
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.