Holiday fall man’s family offer thanks to well-wishers

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The family of a man who reportedly died after plunging from a balcony while on holiday in France have thanked well-wishers for their kind words.

John Grugan was reported to have died on Saturday whilst on a skiing trip. He was said to have been in his 50s, and a father of four.

The News Letter contacted his family, and woman answered who would not give her name but said she spoke on their behalf.

“We appreciate your sympathy, but we need privacy,” she said.

“It’s just an exceptionally difficult time. On behalf of the family, we appreciate everyone’s thoughts and kind wishes, but we really need privacy as we process these very difficult circumstances.”

Asked about the funeral, the woman said they were not in a position to give any details yet.

Mr Grugan understood to be from Ballymacnab, to the south of Armagh city, and was involved with the area’s Round Towers GAA club.

Kevin Gribben, the club’s chairman, said on Monday he would be “sorely, sadly missed”.

He described him as having been a “well-liked, very popular gentleman”.