The son of the elderly farmer killed in a recent mart accident in Co. Tyrone, as reported by us here, has paid a glowing tribute to his father.
It is understood that Mr. Harry McAnespie, aged 80, died after suffering a head injury during an accident involving a bullock at Clogher mart on Saturday. He was airlifted from the scene to Hospital but died the following morning from his injuries. His son, Damien, took to Facebook to pay tribute to the man who raised him.
“We are completely shocked and devastated by his untimely passing, but yet so blessed that he saw us all grow up, get married and have our own children. So many people don’t get that chance”, said Damien.
“We have been so overwhelmed by the number of people who have helped out in the past 24 hours,”, he continued.
Damien also thanked those who worked tirelessly to save his father.
“We also want to thank the doctor, paramedics, the NI Air Ambulance Crew and staff and RVH Belfast, who tried everything they could to save him”, he said.
Damien then shared a video taken of his father three years ago at Clogher Mart, the place he died and “doing what he loved most of all”.
“Thank you for all your kind messages and thoughts…We know everyone knew daddy so well in the area and we have just loved hearing the stories from down through the years”, Damien’s post concluded.
This is not the only livestock related tragedy to have struck the family either, with Harry’s brother Michael, a former Sinn Fein councillor, having died in 2007 after being attacked by a bull on a farm in Tyrone county.
(Picture - BBC news).