Sunday 22 April 2018

'A man of generosity, kindness and wit' - funeral of dad-of-three killed in aerosol explosion

Aidan Cummins (inset) from Carrick-on-Bannow, South Wexford
Aidan Cummins (inset) from Carrick-on-Bannow, South Wexford

Alan O'Keeffe

THE father-of-three killed by an incinerator explosion over the weekend was remembered as a man of "generosity, kindness and wit" at his funeral in County Wexford today.

Aidan Cummins, a 53-year-old mechanic, died when an aerosol can caused an explosion inside the incinerator in a work shed near his home in Carrig on Bannow on Saturday.

A large congregation at the Church of Mary Immaculate and Saint Joseph overflowed onto the village's main street as tributes were paid to the popular local man.

A harpist and guitarist played during noon Requiem Mass where chief mourners were his widow Joan (43) and children Cathal (15), Ciara (12) and Cian (9).

His children and a nephew and niece brought symbols of his life to at the altar, including a spanner, a toy hot rod car, mechanic overalls, his favourite coffee mug, and a family photograph.

His brother Richard spoke movingly of his brother's love for his family and he thanked the ambulance crew members who went to the scene of the accident.

He recalled the younger days of his brother Aidan, who was widely known as 'Bugsy,' and how as a youth he enlivened all his family's lives with his wit and "wildness."

He endeared himself to a large number of nephews and neices who fondly referred to him as "Uncle Bugs," he said.

Parish priest Fr James Kehoe,  who concelebrated the Mass with three priests, said the tragedy had "shattered the whole parish."

He paid tribute to the straight-talking mechanic who "always called a spade a spade."

Mr Cummins was always quick to help anyone who needed his assistance as "there wasn't a lazy bone in Bugsy's body," said the priest.

Guards of honour were provided at the funeral by the Bannow-Ballymitty GAA Club, the Saint Corach Ramblers'  Football Club, and the fifth and sixth classes from the local primary school.

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