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Tyrone dad Barry McQuaid killed in building site accident was a devoted family man, mourners told

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Family members beside the coffin of Barry McQuaid at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone

Family members beside the coffin of Barry McQuaid at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone

Family members beside the coffin of Barry McQuaid at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone

Family members beside the coffin of Barry McQuaid at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone

Family members beside the coffin of Barry McQuaid at St Davog’s Church in Dromore, Co Tyrone

A worker killed in a building site accident was a "devoted" family man whose death has left people bewildered, mourners heard yesterday.

Barry McQuaid was injured in the incident in Ederney, Co Fermanagh, on Friday. It is understood he died at the scene.

The 34-year-old was married with three children and lived in Dromore, Co Tyrone

Yesterday, mourners gathered at St Davog's Church in the town to pay their final respects.

Mr McQuaid's wife, Edel, three children and parents, Noel and Patricia, led the congregation for Requiem Mass celebrated by parish priest Fr Patrick MacEntee.

Fr MacEntee said Mr McQuaid was a "devoted" husband, father and son whose sudden death left a "terrible sense of shock and loss".

He said: "Last Friday morning when Barry McQuaid woke and went to work he didn't know what lay ahead of him. Neither did Edel, Noel or Patricia know what lay ahead for them. What lay ahead for Barry was a premature call to eternity and consequently for everybody else, especially those who loved him most, a terrible sense of shock and loss.

"When death comes too close - to use that terrible phrase - 'up close and personal,' we experience the ambivalence of turning to God and turning from God.

"We feel pain for those most affected and the insufficiency of our words to either console or express our strong emotions. So much is left unsaid or expressed by presence or simple gesture.

"Barry was called early - too early. His life being like a book with many good chapters to which we would wish he could have added more. But many good books can be short and are none the less rich for that."

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Barry McQuaid

Barry McQuaid

Barry McQuaid

Fr MacEntee spoke of Mr McQuaid's positive outlook on life.

He added: "Barry was a builder. He built into his life family, faith and friends as well as business interests and much more.

"He built a reputation as one to be turned to, to sort out problems and get things done.

"To build is almost by definition to be positive. Barry was positive and his legacy is all of that.

"He was a devoted husband with a devoted wife and, with the coming of children, their life and that of the entire family circle was enriched.

"It is surely our prayer today that these children, undoubtedly bewildered by these days, will in the days and years ahead learn to cherish a father who deeply loved them as much as he loved their mother."

After the service, interment took place in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Belfast Telegraph