Sorrow as A5 road victim laid to rest; family also injured

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Tributes have been paid to a Castlederg man who was killed in a road tragedy on the A5 last week.

The funeral took place yesterday of Patsy McCrory (62), who died in a two-vehicle collision near Sion Mills on Wednesday.

His wife, Geraldine, daughter Samantha and son Padraig, were injured in the horror crash on the Melmount Road shortly before 11am.

Mr McCrory’s funeral took place at Doneyloop chapel yesterday in his beloved native Co. Donegal.

The Chairperson of Strabane District Council, Councillor Ruairi McHugh, expressed his deepest sympathy to the deceased’s family and friends.

Councillor McHugh said: “ Patsy was a former neighbour of mine and he was a very much liked and well known character in the Castlederg area.

“Most people knew Patsy as a loyal and dedicated Donegal GAA supporter and he enjoyed the banter, especially when his beloved Donegal played against Tyrone where he had made his home. There weren’t many supporters of Donegal as dedicated as Patsy.

“Patsy was also well known as a hard working man who had made many friends as a construction worker; his loss will be felt by many former work colleagues and my sympathies go out to them also.

“I have no doubt that the people of Castlederg and beyond will rally round the family in the coming weeks and months ahead as Patsy’s family try to come to terms with his tragic loss and I wish a speedy recovery to his wife Geraldine, daughter Samantha and son Padraig.”

Altnagelvin Hospital was forced to restrict access to its emergency department to deal with the casualties from the accident.