Grief at death of ‘true gentleman’

Patrick Kelly pictured with his partner, Aisling, and children Leah and Katie, at their First Communion in May. (1907MM30)
Patrick Kelly pictured with his partner, Aisling, and children Leah and Katie, at their First Communion in May. (1907MM30)

The partner of a Derry dad who died while working in the city on Wednesday has said she is “heartbroken” at her loss.

Patrick Kelly, who was 37 and known to his friends as ‘PK’, died while working as an electrician at Strand Road on Wednesday afternoon.

He lived in Dove Gardens with his partner Aisling and eight year-old twins, Katie and Leah.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Aisling described PK as “a true gentleman”.

“He was well-known throughout Derry as a quiet man; a family man who lived for me and the twins, and we lived for him,” she said.

“He was a great father and we had so much planned together. I am completely devastated and heartbroken. I just can’t believe it. My whole life has been turned upside down.

“Everyone knew PK and no-one had a bad word to say about him.

“He was one of the biggest gentlemen you could ever hope to meet,” she added.

Aisling initially thought her partner may have been involved in a road accident.

“When I got the call to say something had happened I thought it must have been a car accident.

“I got to the hospital before him and they were still working on him. The paramedics were great and tried so hard to save him,” she said.

The exact cause of Mr Kelly’s death is still unclear and the coroner is expected to carry out further tests.

Requiem Mass will be held in the Long Tower Church on Sunday at 10am.