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Funeral for Fermanagh man Ivan Bradshaw who died in caravan park

By Cate McCurry

The son of a popular Co Fermanagh businessman who died suddenly while using a ride-on lawnmower led tributes during his funeral service yesterday.

Irvinestown man Ivan Bradshaw, who was in his 60s, was cutting the grass on the grounds of Drumhoney Caravan Park in Lisnarick, when he died on Friday evening.

The family have said they understood he passed away of natural causes before the lawnmower toppled on top of him.

Despite efforts by emergency crews at the scene they were unable to save the father-of-three.

Over 500 mourners attended yesterday's funeral at Priory Church, Killadeas.

Rev Mark Watson, who has known Mr Bradshaw for 10 years, described him as a "generous man".

"One of his sons, Peter, paid tribute to his dad and told his life story," he said.

"Peter went through his dad's life story and told how he met his mum and how they set the business up after he worked for years in Londonderry. They had a riding school and then decided to branch out into caravans and that became his vocation.

"It was a very large funeral, but a very human and intimate one.

"Everyone knew him as a great, generous, giving man and that was reflected in the attendance, there were people there from everywhere.

"He was a great man for fixing and mending and repairing and making things. He called a spade a spade and he was a great people's person."

He is survived by his wife Evelyn and sons Jonathan, Stuart and Peter and his three grandchildren.

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