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Tributes paid to tragic quad bike businessman Nishi Ward who took Tyrone firm to global heights

By Claire Williamson

A father who died in a quad bike incident in Co Tyrone has been described as someone who "loved life and never backed down from a challenge".

Businessman Nishi Ward (45) died last night at his home in the Plumbridge area following an incident just before 5pm.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) was called to the scene and a rapid response paramedic, an accident and emergency crew and the air ambulance attended the incident.

A NIAS spokesman said: "No-one was taken from the scene."

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan knew Mr Ward well and said he was hugely popular and respected. He said: "It's a terrible shock for me. He had big plans and it's just terrible.

"He was a very proud father and husband and loved his wife and children dearly - he always talked about them.

"He was also a very hard-working man."

Mr Ward founded Omagh-based firm Waste Systems in 2009 and only last week had met with Mr McCrossan to discuss the exciting plans he had for the future.

The company designs, manufactures and supplies turnkey systems and stand-alone machinery for the waste separation and recycling industries. In 2016, it landed a multi-million pound deal to supply its products throughout the UK. It also sells its products across Europe.

Mr McCrossan told the Belfast Telegraph how Mr Ward travelled all over the world to expand his business.

"Night and day he travelled, all across America and Canada, everywhere, to expand his company and also grow it here in Plumbridge.

"It's very successful and was reaching new heights in terms of employment opportunities for locals and investment opportunities.

"It was expanding at such a rate and he was so excited about the future."

Mr McCrossan said the community has been left shocked by the news of Mr Ward's death.

"I can't even begin to imagine how devastated his family will be at the loss of such a huge figure in their lives, and the same for the wider community," he said.

He added: "During the recent floods we spoke almost daily. He deeply cared about his local community and the place he was from. He loved life and stood up to the plate and challenges all the time.

"He never backed down and had this blunt honesty about him - that's why people respected him.

"It's a very painful thing for his family and anyone that knew him. He'll always be remembered for being a truly decent, solid man and someone that was widely respected."

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer said he wished to extend his sympathy to the family.

He said: "I have spoken to local people and there is a palpable sense of shock.

"Plumbridge and the Glenelly Valley are close-knit communities where everyone knows each other through farming, work and community activities.

"The death occurred earlier this evening so the precise details are still emerging. However, at this stage I want to extend my sympathy and condolences to the family at this tragic time."

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