Sunday 21 January 2018

New bride in mourning as husband of just four weeks killed in workplace accident

Jonathan Peden and wife Roisin on their wedding day last month
Jonathan Peden and wife Roisin on their wedding day last month

Cate McCurry

A heartbroken bride is in mourning after her husband of four weeks was killed in a tragic workplace incident yesterday morning.

Jonathan Peden (33), who was described as "one of the most amazing people", died after an incident at Little Electrical Engineering in Lurgan, Co Armagh where he worked as a buyer.

He married Roisin (nee Greene) at the beginning of last month at a ceremony in Craigavon Civic Centre.

Speaking briefly to the Belfast Telegraph last night, grieving Roisin said she was "shattered" by her new husband's tragic death.

Family members described the pair as a "happy and perfect" couple. Jonathan, a keen runner, was a former student of Banbridge High School and originally from the Donaghcloney area.

It is the second tragedy to hit the Peden family in recent months.

His brother, Andy and his wife were left homeless when a fire destroyed their Rathfriland home three days before Christmas last year.

Andy, Rebecca and their two-year-old daughter Daisy fled their burning house in the early hours of the morning, barefoot in their pyjamas, and were forced to leave everything they owned behind.

His parents and two brothers, including Jonathan, rallied round the family after they lost precious mementos. The heartbroken family are now planning for the newlywed's funeral. His brother Adam described him as the "first idol" in his life.

"My amazing older brother's life was taken away this morning. The most shocking news I have ever received", he posted on Facebook.

"Jonathan was one of the most amazing and kindest people, and for his life to be took just like that is heartbreaking.

"Never will he not be in my thoughts, my friend, my oldest brother, my first idol in life. I love you big bro, just wish I could tell you that".

The company where he worked said it had been left in a state of shock and paid tribute to "a much loved and respected member of staff".

"A very tragic accident occurred resulting in the death of a very valued and long standing member of our team. Little Electrical Engineers is a small, closely knit family business which has been established for many years at Queen's Place, Lurgan. The accident has left us all in a state of shock.

"This is the first time an accident of this nature has occurred and it is all the more painful because it is the death of a much-loved and respected member of our staff.

"We wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and assure them that our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.

"We are co-operating fully with all of the statutory authorities in investigating the tragic circumstances of this accident."

The community has been devastated by the news of the death of the popular man.

Assembly member Carla Lockhart said: "My thoughts and prayers are very much with the Peden family circle as they grieve the loss of a much loved son, brother, uncle, husband and step-dad killed in a tragic accident."

Upper Bann MP David Simpson added: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the incident in Lurgan this morning where a young man has lost his life.

"I know the man's family very well and my thoughts and prayers are with them."

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed it is investigating the workplace incident.

Belfast Telegraph

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