Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Man dies after falling on ice

An elderly Dunmurry man died after falling on an icy footpath last week.

Tommy McFarland, a retired Royal Naval petty officer, had been walking his dog when he fell on Monday afternoon.

Preliminary post-mortem results suggested the 82-year-old, who was just yards from his home at Lenwood Drive, Dunmurry, suffered a heart attack and despite the desperate resuscitation efforts by neighbours who rushed to his aid, he died at the scene. It is not known whether Mr McFarland, a grandfather and father-of-three, suffered the cardiac arrest before or after he fell.

Mr McFarland’s daughter Jean declined to comment on the ongoing row over gritting footpaths.

“I would just like to thank all of the people who tried to help my father,” she told the Community Telegraph.

“The police were extremely good, the two men that went to help him on the street couldn’t have done any more and the Ambulance Service were great.

“He really couldn’t have asked for better help. He obviously had the best of attention.

“We are very grateful to everyone and also to all the kind neighbours who have called with us.

“It has come as a terrible shock to us all.”

Mr McFarland was active for his age and was a member of a gliding club in Belarena.

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