Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mechanic killed in explosion was a man of 'wit, kindness and generosity'

A large crowd attended the funeral of popular mechanic Aidan Cummins in Co Wexford. Photo: Mary Browne
A large crowd attended the funeral of popular mechanic Aidan Cummins in Co Wexford. Photo: Mary Browne

Alan O'Keeffe

The tragic father who was killed by an incinerator explosion was remembered as a man of "generosity, kindness and wit" at his funeral.

Mechanic Aidan Cummins (53) died when an aerosol can caused an explosion in a work shed at his home in Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford, on Saturday.

A large congregation at the Church of Mary Immaculate and St 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 the altar, including a spanner, a toy hot-rod car, mechanic overalls, his favourite coffee mug and a family photograph.

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His brother Richard spoke movingly of his brother's love for his family and thanked the ambulance crew members who went to the scene of the accident, the staff of Wexford General Hospital, gardaí, the Health and Safety Authority and all who showed kindness and support for the family.

The "full impact of the terrible tragedy" was still being absorbed by his loved ones, he said.

Mr Cummins recalled the younger days of his brother, who was widely known as 'Bugsy', and how as a youth he enlivened all his family's lives with his wit and "a certain amount of wildness". Aidan was delighted with the sporting talents of his three children and their success gave him "great joy", said his brother.

"His wit and sense of honour was razor-sharp.

"He was a decent man who would help everyone as best he could. He was a good man," said Richard, to applause.

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

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

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. He was buried at the adjoining cemetery.

Irish Independent

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