Belfast Telegraph

Large turnout for funeral of John Winton who died in bin lorry tragedy

By David Young

Grieving family and friends packed Limavady's Christ Church on Saturday to say farewell to John Winton, a local binman who died in a work accident last week.

Mr Winton (51), a father-of-two, was killed after being hit by the bin lorry he was a crew member on in the Mount Eden area of the town.

Limavady came to a standstill as mourners lined the streets while his funeral cortege passed.

Mr Winton had also been an on-call firefighter, and members from the NI Fire and Rescue Service formed a guard of honour as the procession passed the fire station from where he had served his community.

A firefighter's helmet was placed on top of the coffin as it was carried into the crowded church.

Canon Samuel McVeigh said the building was full to overflowing for the funeral.

"He was a very popular man in the town," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"The church has a capacity of around 380, and there were as many people again outside."

His cousin, the Rev Brian Hassan, spoke at the funeral.

He later tweeted that Mr Winton was "a true gentleman who served his country with distinction".

"He was a dedicated family man and proud Orangeman and bandsman. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

"Called home too early," Rev Hassan added.

Among the mourners were colleagues from Causeway Coast and Glens Council as well as members of the Star of the Roe flute band, of which Mr Winton had been a member.

Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Gary Thompson said: "John was a dedicated firefighter serving his home town with distinction and he was extremely popular amongst his colleagues."

A PSNI probe is under way into Mr Winton's death.

The Health and Safety Executive has also launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatality.

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