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Newlywed's tribute to dad killed in accident two weeks after her big day

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/10/2015

Simone and her father at the wedding
Simone and her father at the wedding
Eugene while performing

A heartbroken newlywed has paid a loving tribute to her father after he died in an accident less than a fortnight after he walked her down the aisle.

Singing chimney sweep Eugene Campbell, from Donaghmore in Co Tyrone, was working on a chimney when he fell on Monday. He had worked in the job around the Dungannon area for decades.

The grandfather-of-four will be buried today, just two weeks after his daughter's wedding.

Simone (27) married Gregory Hamilton on September 19. The newlyweds were on honeymoon in Orlando, Florida, when they received the devastating news.

Simone posted a heartfelt tribute to Mr Campbell, who was a well-known singer and musician in the Co Tyrone village.

She said: "I don't know why this has happened, totally broken and can't wait to be at home with my family.

"I take comfort in the fact that daddy could walk me down the aisle and give me away to Gregory, who he loved.

"The memories of me and him jiving at my wedding I will treasure forever.

"Despite all the pain and devastation at the moment, I have total faith and trust in God that he will look after him and us. He will be in his element having music sessions with all the greats up there.

"Daddy I love you with all my heart and will miss you every day of my life."

The Hub in Cookstown, a community centre where Mr Campbell often played, left a tribute to the singer on their Facebook page. They wrote: "We are totally gutted at the Hub to learn of the death of one of our very dear friends, Eugene Campbell.

"Eugene pulled us out of many a stick when we needed a musician. He played at the traditional nights, he played at our volunteer nights, and we loved his music.

"A modest, talented, friendly, great craic of a fellow who we will miss terribly. Rest in peace, Eugene, may your music keep heaven entertained as it did all of us."

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is investigating Mr Campbell's death.

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