Belfast Telegraph

Appeal for witnesses after death of Keith McWilliams in road traffic accident

By Allan Preston

Police are continuing to appeal for information about the death of Warrenpoint man Keith McWilliams who was killed following a traffic accident last week.

The 66-year-old died on the morning of Wednesday, May 3, as he made his way along his daily walking route on the Rostrevor road near his home.

It's understood that a number of logs fell on to the road from a trailer that was being towed by a lorry.

PSNI Inspector O'Connor said: "I would appeal to anyone who was travelling on the Rostrevor Road, Warrenpoint between 10.15am and 10.30am on Wednesday, May 3, and who may have witnessed this incident or who saw this lorry towing a trailer, to contact police at Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 364 of May 3, 2017."

Mr McWilliams was born in Wales and moved to Newry as a child before going on to live in Warrenpoint for over 30 years.

On Thursday last week, his wife Ellen McWilliams paid tribute to "an absolute giant of a gentleman".

"He loved gardening, walking, cooking and travelling," she said.

"His mother was a Welsh woman and she died when Keith was only 20.

"So when Ireland played Wales in the rugby, the Welsh anthem always tore at his heart."

She said she would remember him as "the most honest person I'd met in my entire life".

She said: "He dropped me off that morning and he kissed me goodbye. I was sitting later waiting for him to pick me up.

"He'd go for a walk in Warrenpoint and he'd tell me all the people he met.

"I was ringing him because I was waiting on him and there was no answer."

She added that Mr McWilliams had played football and hockey for many years, lining out for Newry Olympic hockey club when he was younger.

The funeral service for the popular Warrenpoint figure was held last Sunday at Sandy Street Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery.

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