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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Tributes pour in for Irish adventurer who died following cycling accident in US

David Raleigh

Published 02/07/2014|12:40

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Eddie Crean, Limerick.
Pictures below from Eddie Crean's Facebook account. Mr Crean died on Monday night in Denver, Colorado, in a cycling accident.
Eddie Crean, Limerick. Pictures below from Eddie Crean's Facebook account. Mr Crean died on Monday night in Denver, Colorado, in a cycling accident.

Tributes have poured in for an Irish adventurer who has died in a cycling accident in the United States.

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Eddie Crean, a native of Limerick, who was an outdoor sporting enthusiast and lover of nature, was known by his friends as "Fast Eddie", because he lived life to the full.

Before recently settling in Denver, Colorado, he had traveled the world, cycling, running marathons, climbing mountains, rowing at regattas, and riding motorbikes. Known as a free spirit among his friends, he also famously cooked a barbecue in the snowy Alaskan mountains last March.

Mr Crean, who was a member of the Shannon Rowing Club and The Limerick Boat Club Appreciation society, died from his injuries in hospital in Denver on Monday night. The exact details about the circumstances around his death are not known.

Mr Crean worked as a driver for the Gentle Giant moving and storage company in Somerville, Massachusetts. The company has posted a tribute with pictures on its Facebook page to their "beloved friend and colleague".

"Missing and Remembering "Fast" Eddie Crean: Friend, Giant, Legend. All of us at Gentle Giant are devastated by the unexpected and tragic passing of our beloved friend, colleague, and brother Eddie Crean. We'll miss you so much Fast Eddie," a company spokesperson said.

In recent months, Mr Crean who was also an amateur photographer, posted online breathtaking landscape pictures while exploring Eldorado Canyon State Park, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and Shenandoah National Park where he went camping near caves with his partner Christina Trotta, 40.

In June he trekked across parts of America with his partner, while in April how told his Facebook friends how he enjoyed a "fun night out" in Memphis Tennesee. In March, he posted a picture of himself cooking a barbeque in freezing temperatures at Girdwood, Alaska. While in 2008, he achieved a life long ambition to climb Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Friend, Jonathan Martin said: "Heart breaking day for all of us who were touched by the legend. 20 yrs over here flies by but Eddie never missed a beat - always living every day to its fullest."

Mark D Smith, who previously lived with Mr Crean in Massachusetts, said he was "shocked" to learn of the tragedy. "I'll always have very fond memories of the days when we were both fresh off the boat, experiencing a new life in the US," he said.

Another friend, Padraic McHale, posted on Facebook: "Last night we all lost a great friend and God father to my son Eamon. Eddie crean or fast eddie to those who new him in the moving industry was killed in a bicycle accident. We don't have the words to express how we all feel."

Mr HcHale, Denver, Colorado, said Mr Crean's partner, Christina Trotta, was "obviously devastated."

He added: "Right now we are all just coping with the pain of the loss of a man we loved."

Kaovacs Istavan added: "R.I.P my friend, we'll miss you so much!!!"

"He was a gent...One of life's good guys...Just tragic...Rest in peace Eddie," said James Gillen.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made, however it's expected Mr Crean will be buried in his native Limerick.

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