Tributes paid to father who died in workplace accident

Paul Colhoun
Paul Colhoun

The funeral of tragic father-of-four Paul Colhoun who died in a workplace accident will be held on Friday.

Mr Colhoun, from Pomeroy, was killed in the incident at Barrett Concrete’s premises at Eglish, outside Dungannon, on Tuesday.

It has been claimed to the News Letter that he had been working on the roof at the pre-cast concrete firm when the accident happened.

In a statement, a spokesman for Barrett Concrete, which closed yesterday as a mark of respect, said: “The management and staff of Barrett Concrete have been numbed by the sudden passing of an esteemed colleague and lifelong friend.”

The company statement said Mr Colhoun “has been a valued colleague for a number of years and fondly thought of as one of the family”.

“Words cannot describe the sadness that has overcome this close-knit family business today. To his wife Marie, to his children and his pride and joy, brothers, sisters and extended family our sincerest and deepest sympathies are extended on the sudden passing of a true gentleman.”

A relative of Mr Colhoun’s, who did not wish to be named, said: “Paul was great fun and was full of energy. He was a real worker and would have turned his hand to anything. He was also a great man for the GAA.

“His wife is shattered by it all. There are a lot of people crying in the community today because everyone knew him.”

Parish Priest at Church of the Assumption, Pomeroy, Rev David Moore, who has spent time with the Colhoun family, said “they are devastated”.

“He was a very gracious man who was very widely known and respected in the community and a devoted husband and father,” he said.

“I had got to know him and he was a very affable, pleasant man.

“His sudden tragic death has saddened the whole community and the entire parish have been very saddened and shocked.”

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Cathal Mallaghan, who knew Mr Colhoun, said: “Paul was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He always had a good word for everyone.

“Accolades to him are all over the social networking sites.”

UUP MLA Tom Elliott also expressed his sympathy to Mr Colhoun’s family “on his tragic death at Barrett Concrete”.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 11am in the Church of the Assumption, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone.

As well as his widow Marie, the 49-year-old is survived by his children Shona, Niall, Sarah and Natasha.