Mum of Irishman killed in Canada pays heartbreaking tribute: 'He lived life the way it was meant to be lived'
The mother of a young man who tragically died in a road accident in Canada has described her son as a "lovely fella who lived a great life".
Tommy Jackson (22), from Ballisodare, Co Sligo was killed when his motorbike crashed into a moose while he was travelling to work in Fort Saskatachewn, Alberta on Friday, September 8.
Mr Jackson had been living in Canada for the past year and his mother, Ann, has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her son.
"Tommy was born a joker. Sure enough, as he grew up, his very unique character started to shine through and everyone adored him. He was always making jokes, and had a fantastic ability to make people laugh and make any situation light hearted," she told Independent.ie.
"Since Tommy's passing, lots of people from all parts of his life have been sharing stories about Tommy, including the friends he has made in Canada over the past year. What has been comforting, is that it's obvious from these stories, that no matter where he went, or who he was with, he was the same man, same old Tommy."
Mrs Jackson said her son was very adventurous, loved travelling and was in a happy relationship.
"It's important to Tommy's family, that people remember him for the lovely fella he was, and know that he was really happy. He moved to Canada and created a wonderful life for himself. He had a good job and colleagues that loved and respected him. He had a girlfriend, whom he adored, and who he was bringing home to meet his family in January.
"Tommy was living life the way it was supposed to be lived, and making the most of it, and he did it with a cheeky grin and a twinkle in his eye."
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help bring Tommy's body back to Ireland.
A spokeswoman for the family said that after the costs of repatriation, all remaining funds will be given straight to the Kevin Bell Trust to go towards helping families in the same situation.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance to the family.