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My first idol in life: Brother's tribute to Jonathan Peden who died in workplace incident in Lurgan

By Laura Abernethy

Published 11/08/2016

Jonathan Peden died in a workplace incident in Lurgan
Jonathan Peden died in a workplace incident in Lurgan

Tributes have been paid to a man who died following a workplace incident in Lurgan.

The man, named locally as  Jonathan Peden (33), from Donaghcloney.

He died in incident at Little Electrical Engineering at Queen's Place in Lurgan on Thursday morning.

The company said they have been left in a state of shock and have paid tribute to a "much loved and respected member of staff".

His brother Adam posted on Facebook: "My amazing older brother's life was taken away this morning. The most shocking news I have ever received.

"Jonathan was one of the most amazing and kindest people, and for his life to be took just like that is heartbreaking. Never will he not be in my thoughts, my friend, my oldest brother, my first idol in life. I love you big bro, just wish I could tell you that."

A spokesperson for Little Electrical Engineering said: "This morning a very tragic accident occurred resulting in the death of a very valued and long standing member of our team.

"Little Electrical Engineers is a small closely knit family business which has been established for many years at Queens Place, Lurgan. This morning's accident has left us all in a state of shock.

"This is the first time an accident of this nature has occurred and it is all the more painful because it is the death of a much loved and respected member of our staff.

"We wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and assure them that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time. We are co-operating fully with all of the Statutory Authorities in investigating the tragic circumstances of this accident. "

The community has been devastated by the news of the death of the popular man.

MLA Carla Lockhart said: "Today my thoughts and prayers are very much with the Peden family circle as they grieve the loss of a much loved son, brother, uncle, husband and step-dad killed in a tragic accident this morning.

"Our thoughts are also with the Directors, staff and work colleagues of what they term a "very valued member of staff". Just a tragic accident and one that has resulted in the loss of a young life.

"I have spoken with the family and with the company and I would ask you all to remember them in your thoughts and prayers."

Upper Bann MP David Simpson added: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the incident in Lurgan this morning where a young man has lost his life. I know the man’s family very well and my thoughts and prayers are with them."

The Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident. A spokesperson said: "The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has received reports of a fatal incident at business premises in the Lurgan area and is currently investigating. 

"Our sympathies and thoughts are with the bereaved family at this very difficult time. HSENI has no further comment to make at this stage of the investigation.”

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