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‘Son in a million’ who lost life in motorcycle crash is buried

Richard Brown, who died on Friday night, was one of three motorcyclists to die on Ulsters roads in the space of six days.

Richard Brown, who died on Friday night, was one of three motorcyclists to die on Ulsters roads in the space of six days.

 

The funeral for the second of three motorcycle crash victims in the space of six days has taken place in Co Fermanagh.

Richard Brown died on Friday night after his bike collided with a tractor and a slurry tank on the Belfast Road in Fivemiletown.

Heartbroken mother Ruby Brown said her son was “one in a million” who lived for his family.

Mr Brown’s own son Dean was distraught after coming across the scene of the accident within a short time of it occurring.

The 44-year-old electrical contractor, and father-of-four, was buried at Tattygar cemetery following the lunchtime funeral service at Lisbellaw’s Church of Ireland.

The funeral of Limavady bike enthusiast Declan McGurk is due to take place in the Co Londonderry town this morning.

Mr McGurk, 28, died after his machine was involved in a collision on the Baranailt Road in Limavady around 12.20pm on Saturday.

Two other men in their 20s, who were travelling on a second motorcycle, were also involved in the collision and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Mr McGurk’s death brings the total number of fatalities on Northern Ireland’s roads so far this year to 20.

The father-of-three’s Requiem Mass is due to take place at 10am in St Mary’s Church.

The first of the three bike tragedy victims last week was council worker Alan Kelso from Antrim.

Mr Kelso died when his Honda motorcycle struck a telegraph pole at Crumlin’s Dungonnell Road last Monday. The 37-year-old, who worked at the council’s civic amenity site in Crumlin, was buried from the All Saints Church of Ireland in Antrim. His grieving father, Eddie Kelso, told mourners the family had been “overwhelmed” by the support of the local community.

“The family have been touched by the response from the people in the area and have drawn much comfort from their floral tributes and sympathetic messages,” Mr Kelso said.

The three deaths led to a warning from the PSNI for motorcyclists to take extra care over the Easter weekend.

 

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