Thursday 17 August 2017

Heartbroken daughter remembers postman dad who died suddenly during his rounds: 'Family was his priority'

Thomas with PJ, Lorraine and Mary
Thomas with PJ, Lorraine and Mary

Kathy Armstrong

A heartbroken daughter has paid tribute to her "very loyal" postman father who died suddenly during his rounds last week.

There was widespread shock after the sudden death of Tommy Cribbin on June 20, less than two months after his own mother passed away.

Mr Cribbin (52) was chatting to workers in Webb's Butchers in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo after delivering letters when he collapsed, he was attended by a doctor and ambulance crew before he was airlifted to Galway University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

He is mourned by his wife Mary, daughter Lorraine, son PJ and wider group of family and friends.

Devastated Lorraine fondly remembered her father, telling Independent.ie how he was a devoted family man.

She said: "My dad was a very loyal man who had so much time for his family and friends.

"He was especially close to his mother, who only died seven weeks prior. The two of them would always be each side of the stove having 40 winks.

"They were the best of friends, despite the daily arguments they had. He used to say 'never go to bed angry'. His family were his priority."

Thomas and Mary Cribbin
Thomas and Mary Cribbin

She added that Tommy was known for his playful ways, saying: "He had a great sense of humour and was always messing and winding people up!

"He was an animal lover too and was completely obsessed with his cattle and our kitten.

"He used to bring her in the car to collect me from my horse."  

An Post workers formed a guard of honour at Tommy's funeral and Lorraine said that he loved his role with the organisation.

She said: "He has been a postman for eleven years and not once did I hear him complain about it or his early starts.

"His boss John-Joe told us last week he would always tell him that he's late again, even though he would be half an hour early each day without a doubt.

"He loved his job and his work colleagues and had great time for them. He never had a bad word to say about them or his job."

Lorraine said that her family is still coming to terms with their loss and thanked the local community in Claremorris and Knockbrack, Co Mayo for their kindness and support.

She said: "The last week has been crazy. There has been mixed emotions.

"I think we are all still in shock and still haven't come to terms with it all.

"We have cried, broke down, laughed and cried again but with the support of our fantastic neighbours friends and family they have made is as easy as possible for us.

"We've had loads of visitors each day and people ringing us to make sure we are okay, it's so nice to see how much they care about us and we love them all dearly."

She continued to say: "The support of the community has been top class and we genuinely cannot thank them enough.

"Both neighbours from Claremorris and Knockbrack have been outstanding.

"We have had people bring us over dinner, flowers, cards and hugs. I can't say it made things easy but it sure has made it a lot easier."

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