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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Dad-to-be was 'shining light', says his widow

Tom Power
Tom Power

Conor Kane

A father-to-be who died in an ambulance on the way to Cork Hospital from Waterford was a "shining light", his widow told his funeral.

Tom Power (40), a farmer from Woodstown, Waterford, died on Sunday after he was transferred from hospital in Waterford because the catheterisation lab was closed for the weekend.

Mr Power, who got married last year to his beloved Bernadette, died about 35 minutes into the ambulance journey and his death comes amid ongoing controversy about the lack of round-the-clock cath lab services for heart attack patients in the southeast.

Bernadette told hundreds of mourners at his funeral Mass that he was her "best friend, soulmate" and the couple were "like two peas in a pod".

"He was a fine, handsome man and my God wasn't I a lucky woman when I met Tom," she said.

Mr Power "loved farming," and was taught everything he knew by his parents Eileen and Michael.

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In an emotionally charged address to the congregation, Bernadette vowed to continue on his farm work, "and make Tom proud of me as I was of him every single day".

She described him as "a shining light in my heart" and said he will always be with her and their baby, who is due in December. "He was so looking forward to having Santy in the home, but he is magical now."

The couple were due to move into their new family home shortly, which Mr Power put "so much love" into. "Myself and the baby will feel that love every day. We will be there, and he will always be there with us," she said.

Parish priest in Ballygunner, Fr Liam Power, said the nature of Mr Power's death had "touched a chord nationally".

Irish Independent

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