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Editor's Viewpoint: Dad's remarkable memorial carved from unending grief

Editor's Viewpoint

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust is one of the most remarkable voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland. Set up by Newry man Colin Bell in memory of his son who died in a hit-and-run accident in New York, it brings home bodies of people from all over this island who have died suddenly while abroad, often in tragic circumstances.

Amazingly this past year it has dealt with 200 such cases, a figure which is rising year on year. Colin has gained invaluable expertise in dealing with the various agencies and airlines required to repatriate a body and that eases the problems for families at a time of great trauma. It is also a fabulous memorial to his son.

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