Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Irish victim of Haiti quake buried

An Irish victim of the earthquake in Haiti was a “bulldozer of love” who laid down his life for the people he tried to help, mourners at his funeral heard.

The chaos and destruction of Port-au-Prince seemed a million miles away from the peaceful Cavan town of Belturbet as UN aid worker Andrew Grene was laid to rest yesterday.

The 44-year-old perished alongside at least 84 staff at the UN headquarters in Haiti three weeks ago.

After a traditional Irish wake in the family home at Derrycark, three kilometres outside the town, the father of three was buried alongside his own late father, Professor David Grene, in Annagh Parish churchyard.

“Andrew Grene took the kindness and love that we grew up with in our hometown of Belturbet and brought it across the globe, to Africa, Asia and last to Haiti. “He laid down his life as he laboured for the betterment of the Haitian people,” his twin brother Gregory wrote for the service.

The brothers and their parents, who lived in Chicago, often spent up to six months of the year in Cavan.

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