Monday 20 November 2017

Former GAA college star dies after road traffic accident in California

File photo
File photo

Greg Harkin

THE funeral will take place this Friday of a former colleges GAA star who has died after a road traffic accident in California.

Martin Williamson (54) won the All-Ireland Colleges title with De La Salle College Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, in 1980.

He later emigrated to the United States where he served for four years in the US Air Force before forging a successful career with South West Airlines.

He was injured crossing a road in his adopted home town of Fontana, San Bernadino two weeks ago.

He had been on a ventilator until his family's painful decision to turn off his life support machine. His funeral and cremation will take place this Friday.

Mr Williamson was originally from Rossnowlagh and was the youngest of eight.

His sister Deirdre said today that he had always planned to return home when he retired.

"It was not to be," she said.

"He was a caring and very sensitive brother who was always fun-loving. He was extremely proud of his  Irish identity and his All-Ireland Colleges' medal."

Fonanta Police Department said Mr Williamson was hit by a car as he crossed the road close to a junction in the town.

The 43-year-old driver stopped at the scene and called the emergency services. The motorist was not detained and was not suspected of committing any offence.

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