Dev­as­tated man dies just weeks af­ter wife, daugh­ter and grand­son (7) killed in crash

Irish Independent - - News - Kathy Arm­strong

AHEARTBROKEN­man has died just weeks af­ter his wife, daugh­ter and grand­son were killed in a dev­as­tat­ing car ac­ci­dent.

Joseph Wil­son, who was bet­ter known as Josie, died sud­denly at his home in Cross, Bel­mul­let, Co Mayo, on Wed­nes­day, ex­actly one month af­ter he lost his wife Mary-Ann, daugh­ter Mar­cella and grand­son Seán (7) in the tragic road ac­ci­dent.

The three were trav­el­ling on the N17 near Clare­mor­ris at around 1pm on Septem­ber 11 when their Citroen car col­lided with a truck that was com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.


Mar­cella, who was in her 40s, was driv­ing her mother Mary-Ann to a hospi­tal ap­point­ment in Gal­way and it’s un­der­stood they were only trav­el­ling by car as they had missed their bus.

A close fam­ily friend said that the tight-knit com­mu­nity has been dev­as­tated by the tragedy.

The friend, who did not want to be named, told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent :“Josiewas a lovely, de­cent, hard­work­ing fam­ily man.

“He was ab­so­lutely dis­traught af­ter what had hap­pened to Mary-Ann, Mar­cella and Seán. No­body can be­lieve what has hap­pened, to have a whole fam­ily wiped out in just a few weeks is un­be­liev­able. They will be sadly missed.”

The fam­ily friend said that this was the lat­est tragedy to hit the ru­ral area in just a year. Bel­mul­let wo­man Ma­jella Donoghue (30) died sud­denly on her way back from a dream hol­i­day in South Africa, where she had be­come en­gaged.

And Coast Guard Res­cue 116 crew – Cap­tain Dara Fitzpatrick, Cap­tain Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby – were killed in March when their he­li­copter crashed near Black­rock Is­land.

The friend said: “This area has had an aw­ful turn of events lately, it just seems to be one thing af­ter an­other.”

Mr Wil­son’s funeral Mass took place yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at St Joseph’s Church in Bing­ham­stown and he was buried in Cross Ceme­tery.

The re­mains of Mary-Ann, Mar­cella (top right) and Seán Wil­son (right) make their way for burial in Cross Ceme­tery in Bing­ham­stown last month. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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