Belfast Telegraph

Tributes to 'top class businessman and father' killed in freak accident

By Allan Preston

Hundreds of people yesterday attended the funeral of a "top class businessman" from Belfast who died when a vehicle he was repairing collapsed on top of him.

Dominic Murray (67) was a father of five who built up a multi-million pound computer software company in England.

Originally from Owenvarragh Park in west Belfast, the much-loved grandfather was known for his passion for repairing vehicles.

He died after the vehicle fell on him at his Cadogan Park home on Monday.

SDLP MLA Pat Catney is a family friend and attended the Requiem Mass at St Agnes' Church in Andersonstown, before a service at Roselawn Crematorium.

"It was a dignified service with a strong turnout," he said.

"The family are all taking comfort in each other and they will rally around each other.

"That's what families are for, and there is no doubt that Dominic was much loved by everyone.

"He was a top class businessman and a hard worker, but the most important thing to him was family."

Mr Murray sold his business in 2009 to move back home to Northern Ireland to spend more time with his extended family, including 10 grandchildren.

"He always wanted to come back to Northern Ireland to spend more time with family," Mr Catney said.

"After the service there was a lot of stories shared about his love of his family and his cars.

"I remember him as a fun guy, he liked to play music as well.

"I knew his sister and brother-in-law, so when I went over to England with his sister for a visit he just loved seeing people from home, regardless of class, creed or colour.

"To me he was just a Northern Ireland boy."

Mr Murray's surviving sisters, Babs and Annie, flew in from Canada and England just to attend yesterday's service.

Speaking earlier this week, Annie described Mr Murray as "a gentleman with a huge personality".

On Thursday, one of Mr Murray's daughters said her mother Brenda had been inconsolable since the "freak accident" claimed her husband's life.

"We as a family are completely devastated and utterly heartbroken - we are all struggling to come to terms with our loss," she said.

"We are all in bits, but especially mum. It is just horrific.

"This was just a freak accident. Dad loved buying old cars and tinkering with them, it was his passion."

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

From Belfast Telegraph