Businessman dies after ride-on mower tragedy

Ivan Bradshaw
Ivan Bradshaw

A Co Fermanagh businessman has died following an accident involving a ride-on lawnmower at the caravan parked which he owned.

Ivan Bradshaw, aged in his sixties, died as a result of the tragedy at Drumhoney Caravan Park in Lisnarick.

It is understood he had been cutting grass at a bank in the caravan park when the mower tumbled on top of him around 8pm on Friday night.

Police confirmed Mr Bradshaw died at the scene of the accident.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott has been friends with Mr Bradshaw since he was a young boy.

He said the businessman was very supportive of the local community and was a really well-known character in Co Fermanagh.

In terms of their friendship he said: “He was very straightforward. If he’d something to say to you he just said it. He was always a very honest and genuine person.

“He was a good man to bounce ideas off. He told you what he thought, not always what you wanted to hear.”

Ulster Unionist MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Rosemary Barton also knew Mr Bradshaw well.

She said he was “a very affable person and an extremely popular businessman”.

She said he was continually developing his caravan park to enhance the experience of visitors to Fermanagh and was one of the first to add ‘Glamping Pods’ to his property.

She added: “Ivan was a big man with an even bigger heart. Earlier this week when I met him he was his usual smiling, happy self who always had a joke with everyone he met. He gave of his time generously in raising much needed funds whether for local causes or national charities.

“I know Ivan will be sadly missed not only by his family, but by the many tourists who have enjoyed their visits to Fermanagh at his holiday park.”

Mr Bradshaw’s funeral will take place at 2pm on Tuesday at Killadeas Parish Church. He is survived by his wife Evelyn and his three sons.