Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Dad who died in roof fall at work 'a true gentleman'

Paul Colhoun with his wife Marie, son Niall and daughter Shona

A father-of-four who died after he fell through a roof at work has been described as a "true gentleman".

Paul Colhoun was believed to have been originally from Ballygawley before moving to the small Co Tyrone village of Pomeroy.

He had a young son and daughter, as well as two older children from a previous marriage.

The incident happened at Barrett Concrete on the Eglish Road, outside Dungannon, yesterday afternoon.

The Health and Safety Executive has opened an investigation, as the death took place at the tragic man's work.

In a statement, Barrett Concrete described Mr Colhoun as a "true gentleman".

It added: "Words cannot describe the sadness that has overcome this close-knit family business today."

Friend and local councillor Cathal Mallaghan had known Mr Colhoun, who was in his 40s, for many years.

He said the whole village was in shock at the tragedy.

"Paul was a gentleman; if you took a quick scroll through Facebook, you would see everyone describing him as a gentleman," he said.

"He was the kind of guy that regardless of when or where you met him, he would always have time to come and speak to you.

"He was always helping out his family. His wife recently lost her father and he was a real rock to them during that time – a real family man."

Mr Mallaghan said he had spoken to Mr Colhoun's wife Marie, and the family were "very distraught".

It is believed Mr Colhoun was carrying out repairs on a roof when he fell.

SDLP councillor Anthony McGonnell knows the wider family circle. He said: "It's a terrible tragedy for the family involved."

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family at this most difficult time."

Police said they had received a report of the sudden death.

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"He was just going to his day's work, where he has worked for years.

"He was friends with everybody and I can't imagine anyone having a bad word to say about him."

Councillor Cathal Mallaghan

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