THE family and friends of the late Stephen Fergus came together on Saturday close to the spot where he died at Soldier's Point to remember a loving father and husband and well-respected Dundalk Town Council colleague.
The 48-year-old from Waterview, Point Road, died on February 12 2012 after he took his boat out to help a friend who had engine trouble on the water.
Stephen's wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Amy and Erin, were joined by his friends and colleagues from the council for a private ceremony of remembrance on Saturday and a plaque was unveiled close to the area where he accidentally died.
They were joined by colleagues from the council's machinery yard and County Museum, where he worked for 16 years, and from the town hall where he had been working for 18 months before he died.
One of the organisers, Lorraine Quigley, said the event was 'a personal and private ceremony' so colleagues could pay their respects and let the family know that 18 months on from his death, they still miss their friend.
Frank Pentony, Director of Services, welcomed everybody on behalf of Stephen's friends and colleagues in Dundalk Town Council and said that it was a fitting tribute to a man who died doing something that he was known for in life – helping others.
County Museum workers Martin Clarke and Gerry Duffy shared some of their personal memories of their friend, while Fr. Eamon Hoey, CSsR, who officiated at Stephen's funeral, blessed the plaque, which was unveiled by Lisa, Erin and Amy.
Stephen's sister Kathleen Carroll addressed those in attendance and thanked all the staff of Dundalk Town Council for the lovely gesture and 'for making Soldier's Point a place where the family can come and remember a much-loved husband, father, brother, son and friend.
Ms. Quigley read a poignant and moving reflection called Parable of Immortality by Henry van Dyke.