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Businessman Nishi Ward 'changed so many lives'

Tributes paid to victim of tragic quad bike incident

By Donna Deeney

A businessman killed in a tragic quad bike incident was greatly loved, mourners at his funeral heard yesterday.

More than 2,000 mourners packed into Sacred Heart Church in Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, to pay their final respects to Nishi Ward.

The 45-year-old passed away following the incident last Thursday afternoon.

Yesterday the congregation, led by Mr Ward's wife Jennifer, four children, mother and siblings, heard parish priest Fr Brian Donnelly say there was a poignancy to where Mr Ward lost his life.

He said: "When word came that Nishi was killed in the fields of his family farm, it seemed poignant that it was in those fields of his childhood where he first emerged into the world, where he got to know about living and being a man, that this should be the place that the gateway to eternal life should also be present.

"There is comfort in knowing Nishi was greatly loved and that he loved his family and place of birth. I suppose throughout his life that is what made him remain at home rather than go elsewhere to make his fortune."

Mr Ward was the founder and managing director of Plumbridge-based company Waste Systems.

His death drew tributes from senior business figures.

Fr Donnelly added: "Without doubt he could have been a successful businessman anywhere in this globe, but he felt an attachment to his home place and his own people, and he felt that deep love in return.

"He was a Trojan figure whose courage, tenacity and innate ability meant that for many he lived the motto Carpe Diem - Seize the Day, grasp the moment."

Fr Donnelly said the sudden nature of Mr Ward's death should serve as a lesson.

He continued: "Nishi made things happen and as such he packed so much into his short life infinitely changing the lives of so many others.

"His own human qualities informed his entrepreneurial talent and make him likeable and popular."

He added: "As we stand here on this sad day, we can draw on the lesson from his life - to make the most of your abilities and opportunities and to make each day count."

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