The wife of a Co Armagh angler who died in a boating accident earlier this year has spoken of her heartbreak that he will not see his first baby daughter grow up.
Louise Burke gave birth to the couple’s fourth child almost two weeks ago.
Her husband Daryl, a member of Portadown Pikers Angling Club, died after an accident on Lough Ree in March. His body was not recovered until just over two weeks later.
Devastated Louise, 28, kept a picture of her beloved husband on her chest throughout her labour at Craigavon Area Hospital.
She named the baby Ella Louise, a name the couple had already agreed upon, and added Daryl in honour of her late husband.
Daryl had been with his wife for the birth of each of the three boys – William (7), Calum (4) and Brooklyn (2) - and was especially looking forward to seeing his first daughter enter the world, Louise told the Portadown Times.
“Daryl is a name you can call a boy or girl and I’m sure Daryl is looking down in approval,” said the widow.
“It’s heart-breaking that he didn’t live to see his beautiful girl. Of course, we love our three boys to bits. He was a great family man and the prospect of a daughter really thrilled us both.”
“The days ahead will be so difficult. I miss Daryl terribly, everyone does, especially the boys. They say he has gone to heaven. But they keep my spirits up with their usual play and noise.
“I’ve been left with a challenging job of bring up a family of four. But mum and dad, and the rest of the family, have been such an inspiration and they’ll help us through.
“Later in the summer we’ll be taking the boys down to Lough Ree to lay wreaths on the water. Daryl was such a devoted family man and I want all four of our children to keep that in their hearts as we face life without him.”