Sunday 25 February 2018

'A true lady... full of life and totally fun' - Tributes paid to young Irish woman who dies after tragic fall in Canada

Regina Hunt
Regina Hunt
Regina Hunt

Greg Harkin

Tributes have been paid to a young Irish woman who has died in Canada after a tragic fall at her home.

Regina Hunt suffered a serious brain injury in the incident in Peterborough, Ontario, last week and died in hospital at the weekend.

Ms Hunt, a former IT Sligo student, emigrated to Canada from her home in Tubbercurry three years ago.

Friends had begun an online funding campaign for medical treatment after the incident, but Miss Hunt passed away on Sunday.

"Heaven has gained a big angel tonight," said friend Bernie O'Shea.

"A true lady. Full of life and totally fun. I'm glad i had the pleasure to meet her and call her a friend. Thinking of her family. Give them the strength to get through this horrible time[sic]."

Regina Hunt
Regina Hunt

Family members including dad Sean and mum Christina have flown to Ontario to accompany Regina's remains home to Ireland.

Local people in Peterborough expressed shock at her death.

Anita Trembly said Regina was full of love and compassion and had become "a friend to many in our community".

Sligo musician Seamie O'Dowd said the dead woman was supportive and friendly.

"I always remember her as someone who always had time to chat, encourage and have a joke. She was a lovely person who will be deeply missed," he said.

Regina worked for a Ford dealership in Peterborough where colleagues have been left devastated by her death.

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